It’s not just you, most Nintendo Switch Online services are down right now

Update: Service has now been restored and full functionality is back.


Nintendo has a bit of a rough Sunday morning. At the moment, the Nintendo Switch eShop is down, but of greater concern is the ability to start digital games that require server validation.

This includes titles such as Nintendo Switch Online NES, SNES, N64 apps, etc. (if your consoles have not been verified in the last 7 days). This also means that DLCs for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate cannot be validated, so you will be able to play these games, but without DLC. Some games like Pokémon Unite still work.

There is also an issue for those with a non-primary Nintendo Switch console as it requires online verification every time you start a game.

So far the servers have been down for just over 4 hours at the time of writing. Nintendo is now aware of it and has issued downtime notices, but when it returns, who can tell. There’s a Mario Strikers Battle League Football First Kick session coming up shortly, hopefully we can still keep it going.

Veronica J. Snell