Nintendo has announced that Mario Kart 8 Deluxe will be receiving a spot of maintenance today, leaving its online features unavailable for a few hours.
The game's online functionalities will be inaccessible from 4:30pm to 9pm PT today, 25th January (that's 7:30pm to midnight ET, and the following morning at 12:30am to 5am GMT). Nintendo notes that this is "expected and standard" maintenance, clearly intending to quell any thoughts that new content could be arriving in-game.
"On Jan. 25 from 4:30 PM to 9:00 PM PT, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe will undergo expected and standard maintenance. Online Play features will not be available during this time. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause."
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe hasn't been updated since May 2021, when a couple of minor bugs were removed from the game. The last major update dates back to September 2018 when Nintendo Labo support was added.
If you were planning on playing a spot of Mario Kart online tonight and find yourself unable to do so, at least you now know why! Normal service will resume after the times mentioned above.