Those of you hoping to play some Mario Kart 8 online on Tuesday 29th of July should be warned that the game will be affected by Nintendo Network maintenance. Mario Kart 8 could well be temperamental online from 1am til 2am BST. It’s only one hour, but if you’re thinking of playing online multiplayer during this time and it’s unstable then you’ll certainly know why.
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Nintendo has confirmed that the Nintendo eShop is now up and running on all systems, including Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. The company says it will continue to monitor the situation, even though it doesn’t anticipate any further outages. Yesterday, Nintendo shared some details on what caused the service’s downtime, which lasted for a few days.
Nintendo has provided a detailed update on the recent Nintendo Network outage. Via its Facebook page, the firm says the primary causes of the current downtime are due to an influx of Nintendo Network accounts being created and accessing the Nintendo eShop. Nintendo has also apologized once again to those who are affected by the service’s unavailability, and says it will continue updating fans on the matter. Read the company’s Facebook post in its entirety below:
Thank you very much for your patience while we perform maintenance on the Nintendo eShop and Nintendo Network. We sincerely appreciate your ongoing support. We wanted to share some details on what is causing this downtime, and update you on the current outage in service.
The initial outage was primarily caused by a one-time surge in demand over the recent holidays, compounded by the following:
1) An influx of new Nintendo Network accounts being created and accessing the Nintendo eShop.
2) Existing Nintendo 3DS account information being moved to new Nintendo Network accounts.
We are continuing to adjust our network to meet the needs of all our services and applications. To ensure our global audience has an expected level of consistency in service, we took the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS offline. We expect to have it back online no later than 4 a.m. ET on Dec. 29, but may have to perform more maintenance in the future.
We truly apologize for the inconsistencies in our online services. We are working hard around the clock to fully restore these functions, and will continue to keep you updated on our progress.
Nintendo Japan has taken the measure of removing the Pokemon Bank from the Japanese Nintendo 3DS eShop. The application was supposedly removed due to the influx of users accessing the Nintendo Network yesterday and bringing the service to a halt. This means that users cannot download the Pokemon Bank anymore and currently cannot access the features of the game. Nintendo Japan hasn’t made clear when both the Pokemon Bank and Poke Transporter will return, or if the western release has been delayed. However, Nintendo has clarified that the 30 day trial for previously registered users will restart when the app eventually returns.
Nintendo UK has launched the Join Nintendo Network Promotion, which gives Nintendo 3DS owners the opportunity to get Super Mario Bros. Deluxe for free. The title is the Game Boy Color version of the NES classic Super Mario Bros. To be eligible to receive a free download code of the game, 3DS owners in the UK must register a new Nintendo Network ID on a 3DS, or they can link their existing Wii U ID. Download codes will be sent between February 13th and February 28th via email.
In the aftermath of today’s big announcement that Nintendo will be releasing an update to incorporate Miiverse and Nintendo Network IDs on the 3DS, Nintendo UK has announced that after 3DS users register a Nintendo Network ID, they will be unable to change their system’s region. In addition to this, users will be unable to use multiple currencies in the Nintendo eShop. Any currency that does not correspond to the country that your system is registered in will be deleted and no longer usable on your 3DS, so Nintendo encourages you to use up these funds beforehand. Some already believe Nintendo has taken region-blocking to the extreme. What do you think about these new limitations?
After registering a Nintendo Network ID, you will be unable to change regions and use multiple currencies – for instance, pounds and euros – in Nintendo eShop. The funds in the currency that corresponds to the country setting of your Nintendo Network ID will remain, and any funds in other currencies will be deleted and no longer usable. Please make sure to use up any other currencies before registering a Nintendo Network ID to your Nintendo 3DS system.
Nintendo of America has confirmed that a new Nintendo 3DS 3DS system update supports Nintendo Network IDs and lets users combine WiiU and 3DS eShop balances. The new Nintendo 3DS system update also adds support for Miiverse on 3DS. Nintendo of America has yet to say when the update will be going live.
A December system update will allow users to register their Nintendo Network ID for Wii U on their Nintendo 3DS systems and combine Nintendo eShop account balances. This will enable them to purchase Wii U software using the remaining balance on their Nintendo 3DS eShop accounts, and vice versa. Nintendo 3DS owners who do not own a Wii U system can also create their own Nintendo Network ID for the first time. This system update will also mark the beginning of Miiverse support on Nintendo 3DS. With a Nintendo Network ID, users will be able to connect with other players around the world to share their experiences and game tips through Miiverse on Nintendo 3DS.
In addition to the ability to play Wii games on the Wii U Gamepad, the latest Wii U firmware update includes a host of new features for Nintendo fans. At approximately 700MB, the update takes a significant amount of time to download, but comes with a number of improvements, including several Internet Browser updates, as well as the ability to plug a headset into the gamepad for chats. Here is a list of the major new features of the latest update:
- Wii-only software can be played on the Wii U gamepad with the use of a Wii remote
- Trial software (including demos) can be automatically received from Nintendo
- USB keyboard support
- Smartphones and other devices can be used to manage Nintendo Network ID
- Dolby Pro Logic II supported by Wii software
- View friends list from the Wii U menu
- A headset can be connected to the Wii U gamepad and used for chats
- Several updates to Internet Browser, including saving passwords and capturing images from games
- .pdf files can be read from the Wii U
Marty from Miiverse has explained on the Wii U social network that the Nintendo Network and Miiverse will be experiencing server maintenance from 4 pm on Monday 30th September to 1 am on Tuesday, October 1st. Whether this has anything to do with the Wii U system update remains to be seen. Yesterday, Nintendo Force writer Emily Rogers stated that the Wii U system update is coming sooner than we think. Fingers crossed, eh?
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UPDATE: We now have access to a better quality image, pictured above.
A low-resolution image of the official Super Mario 3D World box art has apparently leaked. The box shows all four playable characters in both their normal attire and while wearing the game’s signature cat suits. Speculation is brewing about the fact that the box art includes the Nintendo Network logo in the upper right, especially since it was recently announced that the game would not include online multiplayer.
Several fake versions of the 3D World box art have recently popped up on the internet, but Nintendo has yet to make an official announcement with a high resolution image. However, at the same time as their announcement for Nintendo 2DS and the Wii U price drop, Nintendo did give Super Mario 3D World an official release date of November 22nd, and the standard price tag of 59.99.