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Millions of people are waking up today on Christmas to play game on their brand new Nintendo Switches, and are finding a familiar problem that seems to happen every year. The Nintendo Switch eShop is down.

Players are getting errors connecting to the shop, making purchases, or trying to download new games, and this has persisted for hours already this morning. The official Nintendo status page is displaying the following message:

We are currently experiencing difficulties with our network services.

Please try again later.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

No matter how expected the rush on the servers is every Christmas, this essentially always happen, and players will simply have to wait until its resolved in order to connect and download games.

As of now, it does not seem like rival services like Xbox Live and PSN are experiencing Christmas outages. Not yet, at least. I do wonder that since fewer PS5s and Xbox Series Xs are even available this year, that there may not be a mad rush on those services the way there might otherwise be. But people are getting a ton of new video games for whatever system they have, and will be rushing out to play them, which should cause a strain all the same. But we’ll see if Sony and Microsoft can handle the rush better than Nintendo.

The Nintendo eShop issues should be resolved as time goes on, but just know that you’re not alone in experiencing the Christmas tradition.

One possible workaround you could try is to purchase games from your wish list on a web browser, and then see if you Switch can download them via Wifi, but I’ve heard that has mixed results, and there may be too many ongoing issues for this to actually work either. But it may be worth a shot if you’re really desperate. Otherwise, have some breakfast, open the rest of your presents, and wait for Nintendo to fix this.

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