- Nintendo has won its lawsuit to prevent customers from canceling pre-orders.
- This means they are legally permitted to prevent pre-order cancellations in Norway and Germany.
- This is a terrible, anti-consumer move that shows just how little they care about their customers and fans.
Nintendo is awful. I know for a fact thats going to annoy many people. But, hear me out here. Theyve been doing the same money-grubbing stuff that other companies are doing. They also think they can get away with it by claiming that theyre not doing it.
A little while ago I reported on a lawsuit they were fighting. Nintendo was basically being sued to force them into offering refunds on eShop pre-orders. They have since won that fight and are now legally allowed to screw over their customers.
Nintendo can go on about choosing all they like, but when theyre removing their customers right to cancel a pre-order, theyre talking out of the side of their mouth. | Source: Nintendo
Nintendo Clearly Doesnt Want to Give You Options
Refunding is something that every storefront should be thinking about. In certain countries, your right to a refund is even enshrined in law. Clearly Nintendo wishes that it wasnt. They dont want you to be able to cancel an order, let alone ask for a refund.
To be 100 percent fair, what they are doing is technically not against the law. At least, it isnt in Norway or Germany. That doesnt mean that its morally acceptable. In my opinion, it shouldnt be considered as such either.
Nintendo, spinning through their customers rights. | Source: Giphy
This recent victory for Nintendo has seriously made me reconsider supporting them by using their store. Hell, I dont even think I really want to be buying their physical games either. It just feels so wrong to give money to a company legally fighting to stop its customers from getting their money back.
And Yet Theyre Going To Keep Getting Away With It
Because its Nintendo, theyll continue to get away with it. Despite what theyve done, theyre going to be as successful as ever. This is mostly because theyre actually pretty decent game makers. The reason that Mario, Link, and Samus are so sellable is that most of their games have been decent.
That also means that theyve built up an insane level of fan loyalty, even more than other game companies. People seem hell-bent on defending Nintendo, even when the company seems ready to trample all over them to make a quick buck.
Im just yelling into the wind at this stage. Nintendo doesnt care. As long as they keep making money hand-over-fist, theyre going to keep doing this sort of consumer-unfriendly practice. Its stuff like this that made the R4 card feel completely justified.
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This article was edited by Gerelyn Terzo.