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News Nintendo Is Suing The Fashion Retailer That Used To Run Its Russian Store
"World of Nintendo" turned from prime e-store to landing page
Nintendo’s Russian branch has filed a claim to the Moscow Court of Arbitration against KupiVip, a retailer which operated Nintendo’s now-defunct flagship online store in the country. The company submitted claims totalling around 963,500 rubles (approx. $16,800), according to the...
News Nintendo Forced To Offer eShop Game Refund After Russian Court Filing
"Digital goods are no different from other ones"
When it comes to refunding downloadable games, all platform holders act differently. Nintendo’s policy, unlike the one operated by the likes of Sony, Valve and Epic Games, is fairly strict: eShop games cannot be returned, and preorder cancellations are outside of the norm. While Nintendo is in the...
News Bureaucratic Blunder Means Russian Smash Bros. Team Misses Euro Tournament
Visas weren’t issued in time due to public holidays
There will be a one team less at the upcoming Super Smash Bros. Ultimate European Smash Ball Team Cup — and it’s just because of a paperwork. Nintendo of Europe has announced that, due to “visa issues”, Ye Old Guard team from Russia will stay at home during the Amsterdam finals on June...
Feature Inside The Twisted And Abusive Culture Of Yasha Haddaji's Nintendo Russia
"He has no business being an executive"
Yasha Haddaji (middle) with other Nintendo staff Footage of a high-ranking executive publicly cursing at workers is definitely not something we expect to see from a company as concerned with its family-friendly image as Nintendo, but while it was shocking to see Nintendo RU General Manager Yasha Haddaji...
News Artificial Shortages Of Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! Rob Russian Fans Of Choice
"Russians don’t recognise any other Pokémon but Pikachu"
Since the franchise’s beginning, one of defining features of the Pokémon series has been the policy of releasing two “different but equal” versions. However, it seems that in Russia, some creatures are more equal than others. Local Nintendo fans have noticed that, while they...
News Looks Like The Minecraft: New Nintendo 2DS Creeper Edition Is Coming To Europe
Along with the much-delayed game?
Releasing Minecraft on a popular but ageing New Nintendo 3DS was something of a masterstroke, but the recent news that Japan was getting a New Nintendo 2DS: Creeper Edition left us scratching our heads; surely a global launch was in order? Well, it seems that this may be happening – at least if Nintendo Russia is...
News Russian Demo Of Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes Hints At Full Localised Release
Travis promises to “come back to Moscow once they fix the font”
This weekend, Russian Nintendo fans were able to try out Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes — but they had to travel all the way to Moscow. Nintendo’s Russian branch had a booth at the Hinode Power Japan event, and, amongst other games, Suda51’s latest creation was...
News Nintendo's Online Services Are Down For Russian Users As Officials Block Telegram Messenger
Russian telecommunications regulator Roskomnadzor may have gone a tad overboard while complying with court order to block Telegram messenger in the country. In an attempt to block servers used to circumvent the ban, Roskomnadzor blacklisted several million addresses used by Google’s and Amazon’s cloud platforms, thus...
News Russian Super Mario Odyssey Commercial Was Created By The "Banana Switch" Team
Behind the scenes feature reveals more about this important advert
As 2017 was coming to the end, Nintendo’s Russian division made the surprise decision to produce its own TV commercial for Super Mario Odyssey, a first for the company in that country. The ad, which we’ve covered alongside other tactics designed to win over hearts of many...
Soapbox Labo Could Help Nintendo Finally Crack The World Of Education
An elusive but profitable market could be won over, says Yuri Litvinenko
For any company whose products happen to be popular among children, the education market has always been one of the most lucrative to target – but it's one which poses a stern challenge, too. A manufacturer has to offer something that appeals to kids and teachers alike, being...
Feature Nintendo Is Finally Taking One Of The World's Biggest Countries Seriously
After years in the cold, Russia is finally on Nintendo's map
Nintendo had a big stand at Comic Con in Russia last year, with Stephanie Corneliussen of Mr Robot fame attending to play a spot of Super Mario Odyssey Last summer, most of the world was surprised to see a Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Nintendo Switch bundle releasing in Russia and nowhere else –...