Troubled by connectivity issues since Christmas Day's influx of new console owners, Nintendo's eShop for the Wii U and 3DS is in dire need of maintenance, so it's coming down at 4 PM Eastern for a 12-hour repair session.
Nintendo announced the down time earlier today on the company's Facebook page.
We sincerely apologize for the connection problems in the Nintendo eShop. We understand this is taking longer than expected, but we can assure you that providing a solution is our top priority. We are determined to make sure everyone can enjoy all that Wii U and Nintendo 3DS have to offer. In an effort to manage the high volume of traffic and ultimately improve your experience, we are temporarily taking the Nintendo eShop services offline between the hours of 4 p.m. - 4 a.m. ET. Thank you so much for your continued patience. We will keep you updated.
Many users (including our own Mr. Totilo) have been reporting success connecting to the eShop on the Wii U and 3DS. Now Nintendo's working to make sure all users can get to the part of their gaming system where new purchases can be made.