Earlier in the month, we reported on several EU countries losing access to My Nintendo as the site went down for maintenance for "a few weeks". Now, it seems that the UK My Nintendo site has followed suit, although only for three days.
Xenoblade fans may once again be suspicious of the timing — the long-awaited Xenoblade Chronicles 3 releases this Friday, 29th July, so the timing seems rather serendipitous. Or unfortunate, depending on whether or not you've already nabbed a pre-order copy of the new game...
The scheduled maintenance on the UK My Nintendo Store will end on the 27th July; it's not yet clear what constitutes "a few weeks" for the EU sites, but it is still not possible to make an order or visit the My Nintendo store. This includes pre-ordering Xenoblade Chronicles 3, although you can still do this through the Nintendo eShop on your Switch, as long as you only want a digital version of the game.
As we theorised for the EU outage, the maintenance could well be designed to bolster the site in preparation for massive numbers of visitors looking to grab the Special Edition of the game. The Special Edition, which includes a 250-page hardcover art book and a steel case, was responsible for unplanned outages on the US My Nintendo Store back in June.
If you want to know how to grab a copy of the Xenoblade Chronicles 3 Special Edition, head to our pre-order guide (but be aware that the site outages will affect where you can buy it from).
Have these outages affected you? Do you have a potential explanation for why we're seeing the sites go down so close to a massive game release? Tell us in the comments!
The amount of drama surrounding this game release is off the charts.
I’m going to be ridiculously naive and predict a Direct this week.
Hope it's nothing to do with XC3 (which I have no interest in at all). Give us something to do with Metroid or F-Zero!
Yeah doesn't really take 3 days of maintenance to release a game..lol
Let’s not lose our heads, though!
I heard there is big big news coming this week - from reliable sources.
Also, this is just pure speculation. We already know the special edition contents will be going up for order in September, so this probably has nothing to do with Xenoblade at all…
Glad I bought Time On Frog Island yesterday then!
@Ogbert what’s it like? I was thinking about buying it
@Mattock1987 Oh I've not played it just yet, got a few more levels in the Turing Test and then I'll be hopping over to it!
Three days? That seems a bit excessive, no?
Clearly, this is so Nintendo can finally provide ample stock for all their physical products like N64 controllers and amiibo to meet consumer demand, right...? RIGHT...!?
@Judgedean Switch Pro?
I'm not sure about looking for hidden symbolism in this, but if they fix the issue that means I haven't been able to purchase anything using any payment method including Platinum Points since February (which means I missed out on the N64 poster set... rage...) then I'll be happy.
@PessitheMystic what a bunch of jokers
@Mattock1987 That was my thought exactly. A pipe dream I know.
Actually I wouldn't be all that surprised if there is a first-party Direct; it's the last week of the month, the next Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Track Pass is DUE going by the wave schedule, we're still waiting for a final release date for Advance Wars: Reboot Camp, and there are still some sizable gaps in the all-important Christmas season on that front (meaning there's no one, universally marketable title announced for that period so far).
At any rate, que sera, sera.
@Mattock1987 Not so far off there
@Darylb88 do you know something?
Take it easy guys! The german store has been down doe weeks now!
I guess the intern has jacked up the site. lol
Forget the Nintendo Store, why am I constantly seeing a "browser check" screen when I try to get onto Nintendo Life recently?
I'm guessing they'll be opening preorders for the physical version of Bayonetta 1 then and it'll be a gigantic mess judging by Nintendo saying "limited supply".
@Baker1000 Same here.
The number of nintendo maintenances;;;seems a bit excessive...Nintendo seems to have a lot of difficulty with online.
Hopefully its to fix the card issues that many people have
The site is still down for me (Thurs 28th) 😱
Site is still down on the 28th in the UK, I just want to preorder Splatoon 3!
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