Nintendo eShop struggles with Monster Hunter Rise demo release

The release of a Monster Hunter Rise demo last night appears to have crashed the Nintendo Switch eShop.

The trial version of Capcom’s next beastie basher was released at midnight last night, following a Nintendo Direct full of juicy new details about the game.

Switch owners have reported difficulty downloading the demo overnight, and this morning the Switch eShop is currently inaccessible in the UK. At the time of this writing, an attempt to connect to the eShop brings up the following message:

“The server is currently under maintenance. We apologize for the inconvenience. Please try again later.

“Check Nintendo’s support website for more information on server status and maintenance schedules:”

The currently displayed Nintendo Switch eShop error message.

As Monster Hunter fan Matt Wales wrote yesterday, Monster Hunter Rise is due out on March 26, making it a great preview of the game for fans.

It contains a Basic Training Quest, guiding players through the basics of the new grappling hook-like Wire Bug mechanic, as well as a Wyvern Riding Training Quest, introducing a recently announced new feature – allowing players to cling to the backs of large monsters with iron silk and control their movements, even attacking other creatures in battle.

And once the basics have been mastered, players can attempt true monster hunting. There’s a beginner’s quest, asking them to kill a large Izuchi, and an intermediate quest, which sees the return of Monster Hunter Generation’s wondrous bubble dragon, Mizutsune. These can be played solo or cooperatively via local/online play.

The demo is currently set to expire on January 31 – hopefully the eShop will be back online by then.

Timothy C. Mayo