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Nintendo put out a notice today on its Japanese customer support Twitter page informing consumers to stop using the Nintendo Wi-Fi USB Connector due to security concerns. The same also applies to the Network Adapter, which only released in Japan.

The primary reason for the notice is that these devices use WEP, an insecure Wi-Fi protection algorithm. Additionally, the adapter contains a bug in which it can be infected by malware.

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Back in March, we reported that the Wii Shop Channel had essentially gone offline, and the same thing applied to the DSi Shop as well. It took a few months, but it seems that things are in working order once again.

Booting up the Wii Shop Channel and the DSi Shop show that they’re finally connecting properly. When they were experiencing issues, nothing would happen, and it was simply impossible to access the shops.


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Original (3/19): For the past few days, the Wii Shop Channel has been experiencing major issues. Right now it seems impossible to access the digital store at all.

At startup, you’ll likely be presented with what’s more or less a blank screen. Sit there long enough and you may then encounter an error code as well. Unfortunately, there’s nothing that can be done other than returning to the home menu manually.


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Nintendo’s maintenance schedule was updated today with four different periods. Online play, downtime for all shops, and maintenance involving passes on Switch have been added.

Here’s the full schedule:

The DSi Shop’s end is further coming to a close. On March 31, the ability to purchase content on the store will end.

Nintendo already closed off the ability to add DSi Points at the end of last September. You’ll be unable to re-download DSiWare games at some point, but Nintendo hasn’t said when.

All of Nintendo’s digital shops will be down for several hours of maintenance at the start of April. This includes the Switch, Wii U, and 3DS eShops along with the Wii Shopping Channel and DSi Shop.

Nintendo’s maintenance schedule is as follows:

– 1 PM PT (April 3) – 5 PM PT (April 3)
– 4 PM ET (April 3) – 8 PM ET (April 3)
– 9 PM in the UK (April 3) – 1 AM in the UK (April 4)
– 10 PM in Europe (April 3) – 2 AM in Europe (April 4)


Nintendo isn’t slowing down with its plans for maintenance, as its digital shops will be down for a few hours next week. The Wii U and 3DS eShops, Wii Shopping Channel, and DSi Shop will be unavailable for a few hours on Monday.

The schedule is as follows:

– 12 PM PT (January 23) – 4 PM PT (January 23)
– 3 PM ET (January 23) – 7 PM ET (January 23)
– 8 PM in the UK (January 23) – 12 AM in the UK (January 24)
– 9 PM in Europe (January 23) – 1 AM in Europe (January 24)


The DSi Shop is on its way out. As previously mentioned, users will be unable to add DSi Points after September 30, and you’ll be unable to purchase titles after March 31.

At least in Japan, Nintendo is going to be refunding unused points. Between April 3, 2017 and September 29, 2017, Nintendo will be offering customers three different options:

1. Convert to eShop balance for 3DS / Wii U
2. Transfer money to the user’s specified bank account
3. Receive cash from convenience stores like Lawson

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It’s a ways off, but Nintendo has scheduled more shop maintenance for later in the month. The Wii U and 3DS eShops, Wii Shopping Channel, and DSi Shop will be affected.

Here’s when it’ll be taking place:

– 1 PM PT (September 12) – 7 PM PT (September 12)
– 4 PM ET (September 12) – 10 PM ET (September 12)
– 9 PM in the UK (September 12) – 3 AM in the UK (September 13)
– 10 PM in Europe (September 12) – 4 AM in Europe (September 13)


It’s been a quiet week for Nintendo maintenance, but things will be picking up again starting on Monday. Nintendo is planning four hours of maintenance for the Wii U and 3DS eShops, Wii Shopping Channel, and DSi Shop.

Here’s the schedule:

– 1 PM PT (August 22) – 5 PM PT (August 22)
– 4 PM ET (August 22) – 8 PM ET (August 22)
– 9 PM in the UK (August 22) – 1 AM in the UK (August 23)
– 10 PM in Europe (August 22) – 2 AM in Europe (August 23)

During this period, you’ll be unable to access all four digital shops.


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