If you're the type of person who likes to plan out their gaming sessions, you might want to pay attention to a recent announcement from Nintendo. It looks like they'll be bringing some services down mid-week in order to take care of some behind the scenes maintenance.
According to Nintendo's maintenance update site, there's going to be some down time this Wednesday, Aug. 9, from 5:50 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Pacific Time. That's only about an hour-and-a-half of things going offline for "certain network services" but, again, that's more than enough time for folks to start panicking if they didn't know about it in advance.
Maybe not world-changing news here, but it's always nice when folks give us a heads up before they bring their online services offline. It's a practice Sony and Microsoft have gotten good about over the years, as well as developers of big online games like Destiny, Call of Duty or Madden. If nothing else, letting folks know ahead of time that there will be an extended period where online services will be interrupted is a good way to stop folks from assuming Lizard Squad got bored one afternoon.
The real bummer here is that the down time will be during prime gaming time for many folks in the U.S. Whether you're at work, school or just sleeping through the majority of the day, 5:50 to 7:30 p.m. is a window when quite a few folks finally get to boot up their console for some questing through Hyrule.
Luckily, games like Breath of the Wild shouldn't be impacted during that window. Nintendo didn't offer specifics, but we figure the eShop and online gaming will be a no go through that maintenance time. That's bad news for folks trying to play Mario Kart, ARMS or Splatoon 2 online. Still, it's not a huge window, so even the bad timing shouldn't be that big of a deal.
We are, however, curious as to what exactly Nintendo will be up to during that time. Maybe it's just some basic, boring maintenance and upkeep, but the timing has us a little on the curious side. Nintendo's typical big update day for games and whatnot is Thursdays, which rolls around just a few hours after this maintenance period takes place. Again, they're probably not doing anything special, but it would be rad if Nintendo were gearing up to finally launch some much requested updates like additional streaming apps, a web browser, social media apps or even a Virtual Console. But we're just pie-in-the-sky daydreaming here.
We'll keep you posted if Nintendo makes any changes to the scheduled down time or updates us on whether or not they're doing anything special while the network services are down.