Bad news for those who have been relying on the Nintendo Switch and online multiplayer games to keep themselves occupied while staying at home. Nintendo online services are down. A massive outage has hit, affecting multiple regions and platforms. While the issues first began occurring around 6pm CT, Nintendo of America only sent out a tweet at 8:30pm CT on March 9, 2020 acknowledging the issue and confirming the company is working to fix things.
Here’s Nintendo’s official alert.
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. https://t.co/ji7VJD0Njf
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) May 10, 2020
The official website noted that this problem is not only causing problems for people playing games on the Nintendo Switch, like Animal Crossing: New Horizons, but is also negatively impacting other consoles and services. Both the Nintendo 3DS and the Nintendo Wii U are included in the Nintendo online outage, as are web-based services using the browser. The site noted this first started at 3:42pm PT on May 9, 2020.
This is the second time a major, temporary Nintendo online went down during the pandemic. Near the beginning of stay at home orders, on March 17, 2020, services went down for all systems as well. They were restored shortly after.
Update: Service has been restored.