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Update [Wed 23rd Mar, 2022 01:05 GMT]: Nintendo has provided a response. Read more in our latest story:

Original Story [Sun 20th Mar, 2022 01:00 GMT]: If you've tried accessing the Wii Shop Channel over the past few days, you might not have had much luck. According to Nintendo Everything, the digital store has been "experiencing major issues".

It's supposedly impossible to access the storefront at all - and you'll instead be presented with a "blank screen" on startup which eventually follows with an error code. Nintendo’s online maintenance page does not mention any issues, either (thanks, GoNintendo).

GameXplain has also taken a look - noting how team members located outside of the US, in regions such as Europe, have encountered the same problem.

Although Nintendo stopped game sales on the Wii Shop Channel in 2019, the current error means anyone who wants to access existing downloads and purchases is unable to right now. Nintendo previously said it would stop downloads on the Wii "at some point", but never specified exactly when users would no longer be able to re-download games.

More recently, Nintendo announced it would be closing down the 3DS eShop and Wii U eShop by March 2023. While users will no longer be able to buy games, they'll still be able to download previous purchases.

Have you had any luck accessing the Wii Shop Channel lately? Leave a comment below.