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Nintendo has updated its maintenance schedule for this coming week. As of now there will be maintenance for all of the digital stores as well as a few other sessions.

Here’s the full schedule:

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Nintendo has started to populate its maintenance schedule for the coming week. Thus far, all of the company’s digital shops and purchasing on Nintendo Game Store will be impacted.

Here’s the current schedule:

Nintendo has updated its maintenance schedule for next week with a few more sessions. Switch, the Wii Shop Channel, and Wii U / 3DS Image Share will all be impacted.

The current schedule is as follows:

The next step in Nintendo’s closure for the Wii Shop is fast approaching. On March 26 at 1 PM PT / 4 PM ET / 9 PM in the UK / 10 PM in Europe, this will no longer be possible.

The Wii Shop will close on January 30, 2019. Any points you’ve added can be used up until then. You just won’t be able to add new points after March 26.

In a previous FQA, Nintendo stated users will no longer be able to add Wii Points, the Wii Shop Channel’s currency, to their accounts beginning March 26. Today, the company announced the functionality will be disabled on this date at 1:00 PM (PT). Users who want to purchase Wii Points will need to do so before this time. This is in preparation for the closure of the Wii Shop on January 30, 2019.


Update: Switch maintenance also scheduled for today / tomorrow. The schedule is as follows:

– 5:50 PM PT (October 25) – 9 PM PT (October 25)
– 8:50 PM ET (October 25) – 12 AM ET (October 26)
– 1:50 AM in the UK (October 26) – 5 AM in the UK (October 26)
– 2:50 AM in Europe (October 26) – 6 AM in Europe (October 26)

Original: Two more periods have been added to Nintendo’s maintenance schedule. Minecraft will be impacted later this week, with shop maintenance scheduled for next week.

The times are as follows:

Minecraft (Switch / Wii U)

– 11:50 PM PT (October 26) – 1:30 AM PT (October 27)
– 2:50 AM ET (October 27) – 4:30 AM ET (October 27)
– 7:50 AM in the UK (October 27) – 9:30 AM in the UK (October 27)
– 8:50 AM in Europe (October 27) – 10:30 AM in Europe (October 27)

Wii U / 3DS eShops, Wii Shop Channel

– 1 PM PT (October 30) – 5 PM PT (October 30)
– 4 PM ET (October 30) – 8 PM ET (October 30)
– 9 PM in the UK (October 30) – 1 AM in the UK (October 31)
– 10 PM in Europe (October 30) – 2 AM in Europe (October 31)


If you’re having issues connecting to the Wii Shop Channel, there’s a reason for that. Nintendo has said that the service is experiencing technical difficulties. It’s unclear when the store’s problems will clear up. We only know that service has been impacted since around 1 AM PT / 4 AM ET last night.

Nintendo announced last week that the Wii Shop Channel will be closing for good in 2019. Perhaps the store has been reloaded in recent days as people try to spend their last points and prepare for the end in advance by redownloading software.


It’s the end of an era for Nintendo, as the Wii Shop Channel is announced to be closing in 2019. This was the first notable store built in to a Nintendo console.

Following up on the news about the closure, Nintendo published an official FAQ about the Wii Shop Channel’s end. The company comments on why it will no longer be supporting the store, among other topics. You can read the full FAQ below.

Just in case you had any doubts that the Wii Shop Channel’s closure would be limited to Japan, Nintendo of Europe has posted a notice on its website that essentially confirms that the news applies to all regions.

You’ll no longer be able to add points after March 26. Nintendo will then close off the ability to purchase content and download channels after January 31, 2019. It all ends with the Wii Shop Channel’s full closure and disabling of redownload functions sometime in 2019.

Here’s the full announcement:

Nintendo just announced the Wii Shop Channel service will be ending on January 31st, 2019. You are able to add funds to the channel until March 27th, 2018. You will no longer be able to buy games through the Wii or the Wii U after this date.



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