Nintendo Switch eShop is closed for some players on Christmas Day 2021


While this is the most wonderful time of year for some, Nintendo’s servers are in trouble as Christmas Day once again brought with it a wave of new and old Switch consoles trying to buy. new games and play online.

Some of those who have unboxed a brand new Switch for the Holidays are greeted with an error message from Nintendo when they try to buy a game, browse the eShop, or even redeem a gift card.

“We are currently experiencing difficulties with our network services”, Nintendo’s Network Maintenance Information / Operational Status page says. “Please try again later. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.”

This outage seems to affect not only those who use a Nintendo Switch, but also those who still play Wii U or 3DS.

Earlier this week, Nintendo warned that it expected its servers to be overloaded over the Christmas weekend and encouraged those who buy a Switch for a loved one to set it up in advance – which is always good advice for any new console.

However, Nintendo’s warning only mentioned creating a Nintendo Account and didn’t mention purchasing games or the like. This is not a new issue, as a similar blackout hit many people around the world over Christmas weekend last year.

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Hopefully these issues will be resolved soon and all new Switch owners can soon enjoy their new system to its full potential. We will keep this article updated with the latest news and notify our readers when services are fully restored.

While you wait, be sure to check out our list of the 10 best Nintendo Switch exclusives, the best Nintendo Switch games, and our Nintendo Christmas gift guide for some last-minute ideas.

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



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