Nintendo Have Stopped Selling Their Consoles In Brazil
Nintendo had a stand out year in 2014. Games like Mario Kart 8, Bayonetta 2 and Super Smash Brothers have meant the Wii U has a lot of reasons to justify a purchase. That is even before we get into the Amiibo madness.
Sadly though, if you're in Brazil and looking to pick one up, you may not be able to. In a statement via UOL Jogos, Nintendo announced that it has just become unsustainable to sell the console in the country.
The statement read:
Brazil is an important market for Nintendo and home to many passionate fans, but unfortunately, challenges in the local business environment have made our current distribution model in the country unsustainable. These challenges include high import duties that apply to our sector and our decision not to have a local manufacturing operation. We will continue to monitor the evolution of the business environment and evaluate how best to serve our Brazilian fans in the future.
This is just more bad news for players in the country as gaming in Brazil has become a huge privilege. Last year it was announced that the PlayStation 4 would cost around $1,500 to buy in the territory, as opposed to $399 or comparable in the other countries. Sadly the import costs have just been too much for most companies to offer anything regularly affordable.
I hate to see it too. I'm sure if you're based in the country there are avenues to explore, like bringing in the console yourself, but I can't imagine it will be very cheap.