Nintendo has scrapped the sale of digital download codes for its games at European retailers.
According to retailer ShopTo, the decision will also affect retailers in the Middle East and Africa.
Nintendo said in a statement supplied to VGC’s network partner NintendoLife:
“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.”
Nintendo said this week that Switch hardware production was recovering following months of disruption caused by the coronavirus, while first-party software scheduled for release in 2020 currently remained on track.