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Nintendo’s online services go down just before ‘Animal Crossing’ release

The timing isn't ideal.


Nahila Bonfiglio


Posted on Mar 17, 2020

Nintendo users in the U.S. and U.K. hoping to dispel their coronavirus quarantine boredom with some gaming are, unfortunately, out of luck. As verified by the Verge, the Nintendo eShop still appeared to be down Tuesday morning.

The company’s network status page last updated just before 2am PT, when it noted that the outage was ongoing. No further updates have been provided.

As people search for ways to stay entertained during their self-isolation, many have turned to gaming. Unfortunately, a number of network issues have cropped up, likely due in part to the increased traffic. On Sunday, Xbox Live experienced connectivity issues. Gaming communication service Discord also suffered outages Monday.

A number of other online services have experienced similar issues over the last few days. The sudden surge in people shifting to online work, or staying home and trying out long-neglected games has many online services struggling. Concerns over video conferencing services like Zoom going down are at an all-time high. People have also expressed concern for streaming services like Netflix and Prime, which are experiencing far higher streaming volume than usual.

Nintendo’s untimely issues present additional concern for fans of the Animal Crossing franchise. The latest game in Nintendo’s charming series, Animal Crossing: New Horizons is set to release on March 20. Eager fans have high hopes that any connectivity issues will be resolved before the highly anticipated game releases.


H/T the Verge

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*First Published: Mar 17, 2020, 11:33 am CDT