The Nintendo eShop is down due to emergency maintenance

Update April 6 2:05 p.m.: Nintendo’s emergency maintenance for the Nintendo eShop has ended, with another maintenance scheduled from Monday, April 12, 2021, at 3:00 p.m. to Monday, April 12, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. (PST). During this two-hour period, prepaid funds cards and download codes cannot be used, and all network services will be unavailable for Nintendo Switch, 3DS, and Wii U.

The original article is below:


Ongoing emergency maintenance for the Nintendo eShop means it’s been down for five hours. Nintendo also didn’t say when it will be back, giving this terse explanation for the removal of its eShop:

Nintendo Online Store

Due to emergency maintenance, online services are unavailable.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your patience.

date and time

Tuesday, April 6, 2021 2:40 a.m. PT Ongoing

This comes after the relatively recent 12.0 patch for the Nintendo Switch which doesn’t seem to do much except fix the save feature. Usually a major new issue means there’s something pretty big under the hood, but it seems to be a bug fix update, which was unusual for them, but there may have been some changes important in the background that did not really lend themselves to public discussion. , especially from a company as secret as Nintendo.

Now, Nintendo’s eShop is undergoing emergency maintenance, and has been for quite some time without it being known why it’s down. While server downtime can occur for any device, emergency downtime of this duration is often the result of the discovery of a significant vulnerability, cyberattack, or major bug that causes problems. All of these possibilities are possibilities, but it would be speculation to guess if it’s all that.

For now, we’ll be keeping an eye on the status of Nintendos server and will let you know when the eShop is back online, along with any other information we can escalate on the overall situation. Probably don’t expect emergency maintenance to be tied to a new online interface.

Were you picking up something when the eShop went offline? Did it affect you in any way? Do issues like this worry you about a more digital future? Let us know in the comments below!

Timothy C. Mayo