Nintendo’s eShop is down, downloading games using your Switch wont be possible for now

Nintendo Switch

Nintendo’s online game store is down currently, this means that downloading games into your Switch wont be possible. This wont take long as Nintendo announced that they’re working on a fix, but in the meantime, you’ll have to use cartridges.

Apart from the physical cartridges the Switch uses for games, users are able to buy and download games from it’s online store. So for users who have plans getting digital copies of their favorite games, the eshop isn’t an option. Those who try to access the store get the error message;

“An error has occurred. If the problem persists, please refer to the Nintendo Support Website…”

For gaming services, Christmas day is traditionally a heavy-traffic time for purchasing games, why? great discounts of-course, a lot of gamers see this as an opportunity to purchase games, and also not only is everyone off work and playing games, but the number of new consoles and systems coming online and downloading updates/patches or games can put a serious strain on server resources.

It’s unclear when the issues first started, but Nintendo chimed in on Twitter at 7:50 a.m. (PT) to provide a brief update about the issues new Nintendo device owners are experiencing today.

“We apologize for any issues you may be experiencing with Nintendo eShop. We are working on it and hope to have this resolved soon,” reads Nintendo’s tweet.


The Nintendo Switch is the seventh major video game console developed by Nintendo. Known in development by its codename NX, it was unveiled in October 2016 and was released worldwide on March 3, 2017. Nintendo considers the Switch a “hybrid” console; it is designed primarily as a home console, with the main unit inserted onto a docking station to connect to a television. Alternatively, it can be removed from the dock and used similarly to a tablet computer through its LCD touchscreen, or placed in a standalone tabletop mode visible to several players. The Nintendo Switch uses the wireless Joy-Con controllers, which include standard buttons and directional analog sticks for user input, motion sensing, and high-definition tactile feedback.



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