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Nintendo Russia has announced two major changes to its operations this week, with game prices set to be reduced and extended hardware warranties being offered to customers.

The first announcement comes from the company's official website, where Nintendo states that prices for its own games will be cut starting 6th December. Nintendo notes that the change is down to the "current state of affairs" in the Russian market.

"Please note that prices for Nintendo games on Nintendo eShop will be reduced at midnight on 6 December 2021. We constantly monitor the dynamics of prices, and this change in prices for the Russian market reflects the current state of affairs in the market."

The company also discussed plans to extend warranties offered on its products in discussion with Russian site, GameMag. Nintendo Russia has, until now, offered a one-year warranty for customers picking up a Switch console; that offer has now been extended to two years, and will also apply to physical games, standalone controller purchases, amibo figures, and amiibo cards.

This new, extended warranty program will also be retrospectively applied to all products purchased in Russia since 1st December 2019. "This warranty extension allows consumers to rest assured that they can contact Nintendo directly in the event of any problem at any time during the first two years after purchase," Nintendo told GameMag.

When it comes to Switch consoles, this new two-year warranty period matches that offered by Nintendo UK and beats Nintendo of America's one-year policy. The additional cover for accessories and games is the real winner, though; in Europe and North America, warranties on Nintendo accessories such as standalone Joy-Con and amiibo are extremely limited and, in some cases, seemingly non-existent.

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