Nintendo Switch Maintenance Taking Place This Week, Here's When

You may be unable to play some Switch games online for a few hours.


Nintendo Switch owners may find themselves unable to use some of the console's online services for a few hours this week. Nintendo is performing maintenance on its servers over the next couple of days, which may affect your ability to play certain Switch, 3DS, and Wii U games online.

The first round of maintenance takes place today, January 16, and affects Switch's colorful online shooter, Splatoon 2. Servers will be taken offline at 4:50 PM PT / 7:50 PM ET and are scheduled to return roughly two hours later, at 6:30 PM PT / 9:30 PM ET. During this time, Nintendo says "all network services" for the game will be unavailable, so you won't be able to participate in any online Turf Wars or Ranked matches until the maintenance period has concluded.

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A second round of maintenance will follow tomorrow, January 17. That is scheduled to run approximately three hours, from 5 PM to 8 PM PT, and will affect "some network services" for unspecified Switch, Wii U, and 3DS titles. A final round of maintenance for Switch takes place on January 18, from 4:50 PM to 6:30 PM PT. It will likewise affect your ability to play certain titles online.

You can see this week's full maintenance schedule, courtesy of Nintendo's website, below. While Nintendo hasn't specified which games will be affected by the maintenance, it's safer to assume that online titles such as Arms, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, and Pokken Tournament DX may also be impacted. Nintendo recently announced a DLC pack for the latter during last week's surprise Nintendo Direct, which will add two new Pokemon to the roster: Aegislash and Blastoise. For more news from the presentation, check out our roundup of all the new Switch games from the Nintendo Direct.

Nintendo Switch Online Maintenance Schedule

Tuesday, January 16

Splatoon 2

  • From Tuesday, January 16, 2018 4:50 PM - 6:30 PM Pacific Time
  • "All network services" will be affected.

Nintendo Switch

  • From Tuesday, January 16, 2018 4:50 PM - 6:30 PM Pacific Time
  • "Some network services" will be affected.

Wednesday, January 17

Nintendo Switch, 3DS, Wii U

  • From Wednesday, January 17, 2018 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM Pacific Time
  • "Certain network services" will be affected.

Thursday, January 18

Nintendo Switch

  • From Thursday, January 18, 2018 4:50 PM - 6:30 PM Pacific Time
  • "Certain network services" for Switch will be affected.

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