Extended Nintendo Network Maintenance Scheduled for Later Today

And then Pokémon X & Y extended maintenance on Sunday / Monday

In a move that's raised our eyebrows to Toon Link levels, Nintendo has scheduled extended Nintendo Network maintenance that will affect Wii U and 3DS services later today in North America, which represents the early morning in Europe. With a Nintendo Direct broadcast some hours before this 'Extended Maintenance', it leaves us hoping that the two are related.

Below are the details with times for North America and Europe:

From Thursday, February 13, 9pm Pacific / 12am Eastern / 5am UK / 6am CET to Friday, February 14, 2014 12am Pacific / 3am Eastern / 8am UK / 9am CET
Affected Services:

Wii U

  • Online Play, Rankings, etc.

Nintendo 3DS

  • Online Play, Rankings, etc.

Also worth noting is that there'll be extended maintenance to the online services of Pokémon X & Y at the weekend / early next week, details below.

From Sunday, February 16, 2014 5pm Pacific / 8pm Eastern / 1am (17th February) UK / 2am CET - Tuesday, February 18, 2014 4am Pacific / 7am Eastern / 12pm UK / 1pm / CET
Affected Services:

Nintendo 3DS

  • Online Play, Rankings, etc. for Pokémon X, Pokémon Y

Is the Wii U and 3DS network maintenance related to a Nintendo Network announcement? Our optimism may be crushed in just a few hours, but until then we'd like to think it is. We'll know soon enough.

[via nintendo.co.jp, nintendo.co.jp]

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