Two years after Nintendo eShop opened for Russian users, Nintendo made an additional step today by launching the digital distribution of its games through Yandex.Money. Starting today users from Russia and the CIS have the possibility to buy games for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U on Nintendo’s dedicated games section on Yandex.Money as digital download codes.

Yandex.Money is the largest payment service in Russia. According to a TNS survey carried out in March 2014, 87% of users from big cities are familiar with the service. In addition to its payment solution, the service offers a wide selection of digital goods from leading publishers and developers including: software, games, music and others.

“In the last year, the number of users who buy games through Yandex.Money has doubled,” said Yandex.Money’s Director of Sales Eugene Maleev. “Digital distribution is one of the fastest growing segments for us and the same section on our site is one of the most visited. Now we have games for Nintendo, and every user from Russia or the CIS can buy them easily, quickly, and commission free. In the future, we plan on increasing the selection, adding more new and popular games.”

“For digital distribution of our games in Russia, it was essential to choose a partner who Russian audiences know well and trust,” said Yasha Haddaji, General Manager of Nintendo in Russia. “And in that sense, Yandex.Money is the perfect partner.”

Nintendo digital games are now available in Russia through all major payment channels.

Users can now choose from various commission-free payment methods: Yandex.Money e-wallet, VISA/VISA Electron, MasterCard, Maestro bank cards and also cash payment kiosks. Previously, Nintendo eShop in Russia was only offering payment by bank card.

As of today, around 60 Nintendo games are available to purchase on Nintendo’s dedicated games section on Yandex.Money. Among them are popular games such as Mario Kart 8, SUPER MARIO 3D WORLD, The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, Pokémon X and Pokémon Y.

The new possibility to receive future games ahead of their release.

Nintendo’s dedicated games section on Yandex.Money is offering the exciting new opportunity to pre-purchase and receive download codes of the upcoming Nintendo 3DS game Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS. Digital codes of this title are time-stamped and will automatically become active on launch day at 2AM Moscow time. Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS is releasing across Europe on Friday 3rd of October 2014. Stay tuned for more pre-purchasable games on Yandex.Money.

Exciting promotions are already starting today

From 1st of October until 5th of October, Yandex.Money is offering exciting price promotions on five major titles for Nintendo 3DS and for Wii U: Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, Bravely Default, Fire Emblem: Awakening, The Wonderful 101 and Pikmin 3. Yandex.Money will be offering similar promotions on a regular basis.

This press release from Nintendo was originally published on East West Digital News on October 1, 2014.