The last couple of days has seen Nintendo servers down as technical issues plagued online services.
Beginning on Saturday, pretty much every area of Nintendo’s online functions took a hit.
Popular games for Nintendo Switch such as Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Animal Crossing: New Horizons were affected.
Other titles were also affected across various other Nintendo devices, including 3DS and Wii U.
Users also reported that the official eShop was affected, preventing customers from accessing purchased games and other dependant functions.
Reportedly the issues were down to DNS errors which were causing repeated and random disconnections from Nintendo servers.
Users were initially confused, thinking there was a problem with their own networks.
It emerged, however, that Nintendo’s own servers were the cause of the disconnections.
The company eventually confirmed, via Twitter, that they were not performing maintenance and that they had been experiencing technical issues.
Nintendo of America stated:
“We are aware that players are experiencing errors accessing Nintendo network services and are working to address the issue.
Thank you for your understanding and we hope to share an update when available.”
Although many users took to Nintendo of America’s page and they were one of the first to comment, the problem appears to have been global.
That being said, the larger populated areas of Nintendo’s main consumer base appears to have been hit worse.
The United States, Europe and Japan were all affected by the outages.
While Nintendo hasn’t given a reason for the outage, it is suspected that heavy traffic might be the culprit.
Since lockdown orders began in most countries the world over, Nintendo and indeed other company servers have had to deal with larger loads than usual.
Given that more people are at home than there normally would be, connections to online services, especially gaming has increased substantially.
PlayStation and Xbox servers have also had to deal with connectivity issues since the start of the virus pandemic.
Such companies have stated that they have staff working around the clock to deal with network issues.
They have also stated that there is unprecedented demand from customers, the likes of which haven’t been seen before.
Thankfully, most companies have been doing an excellent job of sustaining demand, although there has been a noticeable decrease in network speed across consoles.
For now, it might just be best to be patient with any issues and promptly report any problems to your necessary console technical staff.
Nintendo does appear to have sorted out the issues for now and services have now resumed and are functioning normally.
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