It’s Christmas day, which means people all over the world are unwrapping and setting up their new video game consoles. With millions of people jumping into online games and the like all at once, it understandably can cause some server congestion and slow things down. Right now the Nintendo eShop is especially suffering from issues, with Nintendo Switch users running into different kinds of errors while trying to access the store.
Nintendo Switch users are having trouble getting into the eShop to buy and download games for their consoles. Nintendo has acknowledged that the Switch eShop is down, letting fans know that it is aware of the situation and working to fix it “as soon as possible.” Nintendo was unable to provide a more specific timetable for when Nintendo Switch users will once again be able to access the eShop and download games, however.
This Christmas may be especially busy when it comes to people getting new Nintendo Switch consoles for a variety of reasons. For one, the ongoing chip shortages have made it especially difficult for people to get their hands on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X consoles, and while Switch units are hard to come by as well, it’s still much easier for people to find them than the other platforms. Secondly, the Nintendo Switch has an established library of exclusive games that make it a hot commodity, including the recently-released Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl as well as the upcoming Pokemon Legends: Arceus that has a great deal of hype behind it.
Not only that, but a new model of the Nintendo Switch was recently released that fans may want to get their hands on this holiday season. Nintendo launched the Nintendo Switch OLED Model earlier this year, which features a sharper screen and provides a generally improved experience compared to the base Switch. It’s not quite the Switch Pro console that everyone was expecting, but it may still be of interest to diehard Switch fans.
It seems that the influx of Switch users trying to access the eShop has caused it to go down on Christmas, but it appears that other Nintendo Switch online services are working at this time. So luckily Nintendo Switch gamers should still be able to enjoy online matches of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and whatever other games they have while they wait for the eShop issues to be resolved.
We will update this article once the Nintendo Switch eShop services have been restored.