Tech & Science Nintendo Online services are currently down for Switch players

14:40  17 march  2020
14:40  17 march  2020 Source:   gamesradar.com

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Nintendo Online network servers are currently down across the globe for Nintendo Switch players, as the company's Japanese Twitter confirm that its services have "failed" since the early hours of this morning.

The official statement comes after thousands of Nintendo Switch players began reporting an "Error code 2813-0990" when attempting to access the Nintendo eShop, play online games, or download updates to existing games in their library. 

While Nintendo hasn't specified the cause of the downtime, it's potentially because a sharp spike in online traffic due to self-isolation measures imposed around the globe in response to the spread of the COVID-19 disease are the cause. 

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The Xbox Live servers have also been struggling in recent days, for instance, and Xbox head Phil Spencer has confirmed on Twitter that this is the result of a sudden influx of players logging online as they stay indoors. 

The good news is that Nintendo is actively addressing the situation, and is currently asking its players to "please wait for a while until recovery", though it's unclear how long "for a while" will be. 

With the release of Animal Crossing: New Horizons just days away, here's hoping that the company can get things back and running online before thousands of new villagers starting aching to visit each other's islands. We'll keep you updated once we hear anything more. 

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Audrey Buchanan has made a name for herself on YouTube for her love of building towns and islands in the Nintendo game.Hubans, who works as an independent video game developer, says he's been a "gamer" ever since he can remember. The 33-year-old recalls asking his grandmother for help solving puzzles on his Nintendo Entertainment System when he was a young child still learning to read.

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