Nintendo eShop will be taken offline temporarily for Wii U and 3DS

Services will be offline today from 4PM - 4AM ET for maintenance.

Following reports on Nintendo's digital storefront being unavailable for some users and the delay of Pokemon Bank, the company posted the following update on their official Facebook page:

We sincerely apologize for the connection problems in the Nintendo eShop. We understand this is taking longer than expected, but we can assure you that providing a solution is our top priority. We are determined to make sure everyone can enjoy all that Wii U and Nintendo 3DS have to offer. In an effort to manage the high volume of traffic and ultimately improve your experience, we are temporarily taking the Nintendo eShop services offline between the hours of 4 p.m. - 4 a.m. ET. Thank you so much for your continued patience. We will keep you updated.

The issues are mostly likely related to the significant influx of new 3DS and Wii U owners following the holiday. Nintendo in an earlier statement wrote, "Due to the high traffic, players are having trouble setting up Nintendo Network IDs and downloading content in the Nintendo eShop on both Wii U and Nintendo 3DS."

Nintendo also recently announced that the eShop accounts for Wii U and 3DS can be connected by creating and linking the system network ID.

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Discussion

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dddyyylllaaa
dddyyylllaaa

Its february and still doesnt work, is this permanent or something?

iamjohnnymcb
iamjohnnymcb

lol nintendo's servers can't handle 10 people going online at once

João Costa
João Costa

Good.. maybe they are lowering the prices... i wish.

Dustin Hall
Dustin Hall

Woo-hoo #teamplaystation oops wrong topic, this is about the losing brand.

Red Cell-Photography
Red Cell-Photography

nintendo really let me down here, house full off peeps waiting to sing karaoke on christmas day, how red faced was i? another nail in the coffin ninty.

Jeremy Cullen
Jeremy Cullen

This happened yesterday.. Not happening again

Jon Taylor
Jon Taylor

How deceiving posting old news like that

FAIL_TR0LL
FAIL_TR0LL

Come on! I need to make a deposit at the Pokemon Bank! I hate carrying this many Pokemen around with me for fear of being mugged.

AlwaysRunning
AlwaysRunning

If they can't handle 4-5 million worldwide owners, how do they expect to handle their promised 9-10 million in the next three months??

jtthegame316
jtthegame316

i am loving the wii u. it was a good move to take the service down to sort out problems rather than leave it running to let problems get worst. at the time of typing it is back up now anyway and i redeemed my zelda hd code. i also got zombi u and sonic the lost world really enjoying them. the remote play feature that the wii u does is neat to. so cool that sony ripped it off by getting the vita to do it. plus with bayonetta 2 on the way together with great first party nintendo support  the wii u was always a must. I am enjoying my wii u next i plan to pick up an xbox one as that is also a good system and have to get my hands on dead rising 3 and as a panzar dragoon fan i have to have crimson dragon. plus quantum break is on the horizon.

Xyekenvort
Xyekenvort

Nintendo I love you, but you gotta get with the times and make a decent online experience for your consoles. Servers getting slow with too much traffic is one thing, then there's shutting down online completely in order to deal with excess traffic...


The Wii U is still the most relevant next-gen console though, and like always it'll eventually have the best games...but please, make your online better =(

FAIL_TR0LL
FAIL_TR0LL

What is the point of Pokemon Bank? Will Nintendo charge me a fee if I overdraw on my account?

A-Typing-Llama
A-Typing-Llama

It's absolutely disgusting what Nintendo have done. I've already sold my 3DS because of this.

Redsyrup
Redsyrup

Looks like it. I woke up early today and got most of my downloads in. Still I'd like to get back on and take another gander at those Sega 3D Classics. Galaxy Force 2 in 3D is absolutely awesome! :D


Will somebody covert R-Type to 3D? Please...

briancox
briancox

@jtthegame316 check out Trine2 and cave both r very good tnt racers sucks almost evry game it has is awsome.love my U bought it day came out made the other controllers feel and look prehistoric compared to the pad it mkes life and games ez

AlwaysRunning
AlwaysRunning

@jtthegame316So what you're saying is, "Sony's Remote Play system from PS3/PSP was so cool that Nintendo had to rip it off."

Oh, but that can't be right! Nintendo are the only ones in the whoooole world who come up with new ideas.... 

alexLmx6
alexLmx6

@Xyekenvort I for one hope Nintendo never gets with the times, since "the times" mostly means microtransactions and dlc.  Nintendo is the last place you can go to actually get a full game for one price.

bunchanumbers
bunchanumbers

@Xyekenvort I'm sure that is why they took the eshop service down for 12 hours. They have probably been upgrading it to handle much higher traffic. 

night_drifter05
night_drifter05

@jimdove2 Another typical nintendo idiot. You do realize all the game's Sony is dropping support on are one's that have little to no players online right? Would you lose money to keep a game going that may only have 100 players if that many online? Mag and Socom are both COMPLETELY dead, GT5 crowd died once GT6 released, and the Resistance game's never had a major crowd to begin with and had under 500 players online a month or 2 after release. It make's PERFECT sense to kill the online multiplayer of these game's. I guess we see why Sony is making game's and you aren't.

jinzo9988
jinzo9988

@jimdove2It's going to happen whether you like it or not.  That's the #1 crux against online... it's fine until someone pulls the plug on servers, which for games like MAG it effectively kills them entirely.  There's no point of keeping and maintaining game servers for games that very few people play... it has to be worth keeping up.  This is going to continue to happen unless they support local servers.  They might be laggier and more risky in terms of security, but you can play online for years as long as other people are playing too.

A-Typing-Llama
A-Typing-Llama

@FAIL_TR0LLWell I think that depends on the Poke-branch that you opened your account with. I believe that some are implementing a new scheme called, 'Informal overdraft facility' which should offer you some peace of mind, but your best bet would be to speak with a Pikachu at your local branch.

briancox
briancox

@A-Typing-Llama funny cause steam was shutdown also from traffic.but check it this is a new time for nintendo they will master online and hd never give up on that which began it all.

Akijo
Akijo

@A-Typing-Llama So if I get your point, you sell a console everytime an online game/features fails to be perfect and without bug at launch... If so I guess the only console you have left is a Gameboy color.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@night_drifter05

The idea of connecting your handheld with your console was done by Nintendo long before Sony even entered the handheld market.

SNESNOSTALGIA2
SNESNOSTALGIA2

Yeah and remote play sucks. Have fun with that. Ill use my ps4 with a tv not a tiny vita screen.

chipwithdip
chipwithdip

@A-Typing-Llama @FAIL_TR0LL Funny because in X and Y, Pikachus are voiced by the actual VA for Pikachu in the show. Only Pikachu though. Every other poke is done with the usual sound generating tech.

Actually, Pikachu talking on the other side of those glass windows with a little computer is extremely cute. That mental image is giving me feels. >_<

bunchanumbers
bunchanumbers

@noandno @bunchanumbers @jimdove2 I wouldn't be surprised but when he was on queuing he would fly off the deep end. I mean sometimes he would go off on some wild rants. If he is ayebang he really reined it in.

bunchanumbers
bunchanumbers

@noandno @bunchanumbers @jimdove2 I heard he got banned. I was waiting for him to show up for the GOTY award thing but he never showed up. He taunted me to show up on that day because he was swearing up and down it was gonna be TLOU.