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Nintendo Shuts Down Operations In Brazil

by William Schwartz

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Nintendo has had their ups and downs since the release of the Wii U. Given this, fans have speculated a wide array of situations that could occur for the gaming giant. While nothing has happened to affect worldwide operations, it seems something has occurred in Brazil that was severe enough to make Nintendo pull their products from the country.

According to UOL, (a well known Brazilian news site) Nintendo has pulled all of their consoles, handhelds and games from the market citing a higher taxation in Brazil than any other country. With a little help from Google Translate, we were able to discern that Bernard Josephs the CEO of Juegos de Video Latinoamérica commented on their continued support of distribution for Nintendo in other Latin America regions. Josephs had the following to say regarding the topic: “We are partners in Nintendo’s distribution of its products in Latin America for 14 years and we remain committed to the brand. And while no other changes are planned for other markets in the region are in a position where we need to reevaluate our approach to distribution in Brazil.”

The Wii U eShop is currently closed preventing Brazilians from purchasing games online. There is no word on the effect this has on the Nintendo 3DS eShop. It was also reported that Sony and Microsoft faced the same issues with taxes within Brazil in the past but were able to solve them in 2013. Hopefully Nintendo will be able to solve it somehow and re-enter the region to continue to support their fans in the country.

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