Nintendo Switch eShop Is Down for Some Players on Christmas

If you just received a new Nintendo Switch for the holidays and can’t connect to the eShop to download new games, you aren’t alone. Nintendo has announced that it is “aware that players are experiencing errors accessing Nintendo eShop, and are working to address the issue as soon as possible.”

Nintendo took to Twitter to give the news and also said “Thank you for your understanding, and please see our Network Status page for the latest updates.” You can click here to check the status of the Nintendo eShop, and we will update this article when services appear to be working again.

As of this writing, when you go to Nintendo’s Network Maintenance Information page, it has a notice that players could be receiving when trying to access the eShop that says, “Unable to connect to the network service. Please try again later. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.”

Considering today is Christmas, the cause of these network issues could very well be the many new Nintendo Switch consoles that were opened today or those with gift cards trying to purchase new games.

As previously mentioned, we will update this article as soon as we hear the problems are fixed. Until then, be sure to check out our list of the top 25 Switch games to give you an idea what you can play this holiday season and beyond.


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Adam Bankhurst is a news writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @AdamBankhurst and on Twitch.

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