Nintendo Responds to Wii and DSi Shop Channel Outages

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To update [Sat 21st May, 2022 18:05 BST]: Two months after the Wii and DSi Shop Channels were down, YouTube channel GameExplain has reached out to Nintendo to see if they could provide further explanations on what’s going on. Unfortunately, the new statement is that there is still “nothing to announce” about the current status of these outages. You can see Nintendo’s original answer below.

Original article [Wed 23rd Mar, 2022 01:05 GMT]: Last week, news spread quickly online that Nintendo’s Wii and DSi Shop channels had been offline since at least March 16th. Of course, it fueled fears that this could potentially be the end of those digital deals, although Nintendo hadn’t communicated this.

Thankfully, there doesn’t seem to be anything to worry about — the company is now issuing an official statement (via Kotaku). According to a representative, it is currently under maintenance and an update will be provided in the near future.

“The Wii Shop Channel and Nintendo DSi Shop are currently undergoing maintenance. We will provide an update at a later date.”

As mentioned, although Nintendo recently stopped selling games on the Wii Shop and DSi Shop channels, users of those platforms can still access the digital stores to re-download existing games.

According to reports, some users were also able to bypass the error codes – 290502 and 209601 – using third-party tools like NUSDownloader and access Nintendo’s main server for these systems. Eurogamer goes on to note that it appears that “it’s just the front-end sites themselves that have been taken offline”.

If we hear any more news, we’ll let you know. Nintendo Responds to Wii and DSi Shop Channel Outages

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