The Nintendo Wii Shop and Nintendo DSi Shop channels seem to have been taken offline.
Without notice from Nintendo, players don’t know if this is unscheduled maintenance or a sign that stores may be removed permanently. As of this writing, stores are believed to have been closed since at least March 16th.
Although players have not been able to purchase new content from any store for some time now, the lack of it means that players who have Previously Purchased digital goods are currently not redeemable.
Perhaps most interestingly, while stores display error codes – 290502 and 209601 each respectively – some sources indicate that Nintendo’s main server is still up and running, so games can still be downloaded. Via 3rd party tools like NUSDownloader, indicating it’s just the same frontend sites taken offline (thanks, gbattemp Across Reset).
At this time, Nintendo has not publicly commented on the outage.
Nintendo’s Russian eShop was recently “paused into maintenance mode” after the payment service provider suspended processing of ruble payments.
A Google translated version of the eShop statement still reads: “Due to the payment service used by the Nintendo eShop which has suspended the processing of ruble payments, the Nintendo eShop in Russia is temporarily put into maintenance mode.”
It should be noted that this temporary suspension of the service does not appear to be the result of Nintendo’s own actions, but rather the actions of a third party. Unlike Microsoft, EA and CD Projekt – all of which have stopped selling their products in Russia as the country’s invasion of Ukraine continues – Nintendo has not yet publicly commented on the matter.
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