Nintendo has announced that it will no longer provide European retailers with digital download codes for first party software from today. Previously you could purchase digital codes for Nintendo Switch games from retailers such as ShopTo and CDKeys at a cheaper price than the eShop. The company says that consumers can still purchase Nintendo Switch Online codes, Nintendo eShop funds and Expansion Passes.
“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.”