Things have been getting better for Nintendo over the past few hours, with the eShop becoming more responsive. Readers have reported success accessing the online storefront, purchasing, and downloading.

Nintendo is hoping to give the servers a breather later today. The official Twitter account of Nintendo UK (@NintendoUK) reports that the eShop will go offline at 9 PM GMT (4 PM Eastern).

The maintenance will last for twelve hours. This is the latest step in repairing the overloaded Nintendo Network. Yesterday, Nintendo removed the new Pokémon Bank from the Japanese eShop and delayed the release in the west. We’ve reached out to Nintendo of America to find out if this impacts access here in the United States and Canada.

Update: Nintendo's Facebook page confirms that the eShop will be going offline worldwide. "In an effort to manage the high volume of traffic and ultimately improve your experience, we are temporarily taking the Nintendo eShop services offline between the hours of 4 p.m. - 4 a.m. ET," the post reads. "Thank you so much for your continued patience."

[Source: @NintendoUK, Nintendo on Facebook]


Our Take
This is a wise decision that should lead to greater stability when things come back online in the morning. We’ll update this story and our services tracker once we know this impacts North America.