Nintendo to implement temporary eShop blackout to fix merger and high traffic woes

December 27
3:10 PM 2013

Nintendo is going through some serious bumps in its newly merged eShop platform. According to The Next Web, the system is scheduled to go on a 12-hour outage. The temporary shutdown will start at 4:00 pm Eastern Standard Time or 1:00 pm Pacific Time, wrote GigaOM.

The blackout announcement was sent by Nintendo UK via Twitter. This is the first mention of an eShop outage to fix issues. According to an official Nintendo statement sent via email, the eShop will be inaccessible to all Nintendo users, the report detailed.

The eShop woes have been happening worldwide. Users had difficulty downloading games and creating new Nintendo Network IDs on the Nintendo 3DS and the Wii U after Christmas. This is quite a blow to the Japanese company at the worst possible season. At this time, an influx of new gamers is eager to set up their brand new consoles, the report said.

According to an announcement made by Nintendo of America, the planned eShop outage will be global, GigaOM reported.

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