Nintendo Switch Online Server Downtime Will Affect eShop Purchasing

Nintendo Switch Online Server Downtime Will Affect eShop Purchasing

All dates and times for Nintendo's planned maintenance, and how it will impact you.

Buying and playing video games is easy as pie in this incredible age. Want to purchase the latest cool title and enjoy it with your friends? Just go online. Pants are optional.

Sadly, even this miraculous convenience comes with an occasional hiccup in the form of server maintenance. Nintendo is doing some road repair on its own servers for the Switch and the eShop, and that means downtime.

The longest outage, during which maintenance will be performed on network services, starts today and ends first thing tomorrow. That's February 21 from 8:50 a.m. PT through February 22 12:00 a.m PT. Nintendo warns "some network services will be unavailable" during this stretch, so don't count on being able to scratch up a game of Splatoon 2 for a day or so.

The guns will fall silent over the paint-spattered fields of Splatoon 2, and that silence will be like the Voice of Squid-God.

More maintenance is happening on Monday, February 26. From 5 p.m. PT through 7 p.m. PT you probably won't be able to make purchases with a credit card on the Nintendo eShop. The outage will apply regardless of whether you access the eShop through the Switch's storefront, or via the web.

Gather up what you need before the outage, or just go ahead and enjoy some good single-player games for a bit.

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Nadia Oxford

Staff Writer

Nadia has been writing about games for so long, only the wind and the rain (or the digital facsimiles thereof) remember her true name. She's written for Nerve, About.com, Gamepro, IGN, 1UP, PlayStation Official Magazine, and other sites and magazines that sling words about video games. She co-hosts the Axe of the Blood God podcast, where she mostly screams about Dragon Quest.

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