Posted By Robert G. about 2 months, 1 week ago
UPDATE: Nintendo has announced that the eShop will be going offline until tomorrow morning, December 28th, starting today at 4:00 PM EST (1:00 PM, Pacific). The aim is for Nintendo to perform massive maintenance on their online service, with the hopes that it will restore the connectivity to working conditions by the next day.
Nintendo is hoping to have the eShop back online tomorrow by 4:00 AM EST (1:00 AM Pacific). We shall see if they are successful.
Original Story:Nintendo is experiencing major technical difficulties over this Christmas Break.
The past two days there have been reports of major outages for Nintendo’s online services, specifically the eShop and the Nintendo Network ID systems. Most of the woes are stemming from the recent merge between the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U shops, and the use of the Nintendo Network ID (NNID) for the 3DS and 2DS.
According to Nintendo’s customer support page, “The recent system update added the ability to link a Nintendo Network ID with a Nintendo 3DS family system. This has become a popular feature and the number of users creating a Nintendo Network ID on their Nintendo 3DS and accessing the Nintendo eShop has been greater than anticipated. Because of this, there may be times when some users will experience service disruptions to the Nintendo eShop. If you are having problems accessing the Nintendo eShop, we ask that you try again at a later time.”
The influx of new users over the Holiday season has certainly not helped Nintendo in this instance. Nintendo has been experiencing technical problems across the board due to high traffic. In Japan, the recently released Pokémon Bank has been taken down from the Japanese eShop due to major server issues, literally causing a server crash that affected 3DS owners worldwide for a few hours.
The full integration of the systems will likely pass soon enough for Nintendo, so the server strain will ease up in a few days. Over Christmas, PSN, Xbox Live and Steam were also hit with technical issues but are back online with few problems reported at this time.