Nintendo Halts Distribution, Leaves Brazilian Market


Unfortunately for Brazil, Nintendo consoles and games will no longer be selling in the Brazilian market, the company has told Game Informer, due to high import taxes.

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A Nintendo official told Game Informer in an email, “Starting in January 2015, Gaming do Brasil, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Juegos de Video Latinoamérica, GmbH, will no longer distribute Nintendo products in Brazil. Gaming do Brasil has distributed Nintendo products in the country for the past four years. Despite the changes in Brazil, Juegos de Video Latinoamérica will continue to be Nintendo’s distributor for Latin America and they remain committed to the brand and the region.”

UOL Jogos has revealed Nintendo has had problems with its online shop, due to the company not abiding regulations forbidding use of Brazilian bank cards where stores promote local currency, but charge in US currency.

According to Game Informer, Nintendo is not the only one to have problems in Brazil regarding console sales because of high import taxes. An Xbox One was valued at approximately $1,000 USD and PlayStation 4 at approximately $1,800 USD upon Brazilian release.

While Nintendo’s decision to halt distribution in Brazil is stated to be temporary, there is no certainty on when the company will begin distribution again in Brazil.

Sources: Game Informer, UOL Jogos