Nintendo Switch & eShop down and not working for many, "unable to connect to the network service" error pops up

Just in case you’re trying to get your head around why you can’t access Nintendo eshop and Nintendo switch, find solace in the fact that you aren’t the only one facing issues lately. A quick look at the micro-blogging site Twitter conveys there are many others affected by the same issue.

Take a look at what some of those affected have to says:

@NintendoES
I can’t access the nintendo eshop from the 3ds and the nintendo switch but I can play online on the switch.
What happens to the eshop?
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Nintendo Eshop is down meaning might not be able to download spawn
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@NintendoES
Every time I try to enter the Nintendo eShop it gives me an error. I read that this morning there was an update on the servers. But the eShop still doesn’t work. Can you tell us something?
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Here’s the notification that users get to see:

Apparently, Nintendo’s network services are down or unavailable in Japan, the US and the UK. Even the service status page says “Unable to connect to the network service.”

Downdetector also conveys the service is going an outage in some areas.Any official word on the matter? Negative, as yet. We’re yet to locate a word from the official service channels or their social media handles.

Rest assured, we’re keeping a continuous tab on all related developments, and will update this page with relevant info as and when we come across any. So in case you’re encountering the problem discussed here, stay hooked for updates.

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