The Nintendo Switch has now been out nearly a month and while the selection of games with online play is fairly small, Nintendo has one of their heavy hitters coming up soon with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. As a result, it make sense that they would be doing some work on their online servers and that is what they are doing this coming week.
As revealed by the official Nintendo website, Nintendo will be doing two separate periods of maintenance this week that are spread across two different days.
The first of these is coming on Monday, April 17, which is set to start at 5:00 pm PT and last until 7:00 pm PT, which really isn’t all that long. This maintenance is listed as specifically for the Nintendo Switch and is under the “online play, rankings, etc” category, which is quite vague. Under affected services, it just simply says “certain network services” may become unavailable.
Following up on that maintenance, Nintendo will be having another period of downtime two days later on Wednesday, April 19 for an even shorter period of time than the first. This potential downtime will start at 6:45 pm PT and will last until 8:00 pm PT, so it should be over pretty quickly.
Unlike the Monday maintenance however, this one involves not just the Nintendo Switch, but also the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U. It is listed as “online play, rankings, etc” once again, with it saying that “certain network services” will be affected also as well.
Nintendo was definitely very vague on the details on the maintenance, but there’s no doubt they want to make sure everything is good to go before the launch of the upcoming Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, which releases on April 28. That game will definitely be a good test for the Nintendo Switch servers, which Nintendo will eventually be charging for people to use starting later this year.