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Nintendo no longer selling digital codes for its games at European retailers

Posted on June 30, 2020 by (@NE_Brian) in General Nintendo, News

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If you’re interested in buying a Nintendo game digitally, you have a couple of different options. The primary way is by making a purchase directly from the eShop, though retailers have been selling codes to redeem titles as well. However, in Europe, Nintendo will longer be offering these codes through retailers.

Nintendo said in a statement to Nintendo Life:

After careful examination of the evolving European marketplace in recent years, Nintendo has decided to end the availability of download codes for its own-published software via retailers, effective 1st July 2020.

Customers will still be able to purchase Nintendo eShop funds, Nintendo Switch Online memberships, and add-on content such as the Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield Expansion Pass, at retailers across Europe. Download codes for Nintendo Switch software from other publishers will also still be available.

We’re always investigating new avenues, and will continue to work on new methods to bring Nintendo eShop content to as many players as possible.

There hasn’t been any news about something similar happening in North America, but we’ll let you know if anything changes.


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