Nintendo Wii and DSi Shop Channels have been offline for several days, according to a report by Eurogamer. Both stores may have been closed for as long as March 16 without any explanation from Nintendo.
A video from GameXplain shows exactly what happens when you select the Wii Shop Channel – you’ll see a blank white screen, followed by an error code (209601) indicating network issues. The channel is down on both the Wii itself, as well as the Wii U, which is what GameXplain uses to access the store. Meanwhile, the DSi store spits out error code 290502, also reporting an inability to connect to the store due to seemingly nonexistent internet issues.
Nintendo stopped allowing players to make purchases on the DSi and Wii Shop channels in 2017 and 2019, respectively. However, Nintendo still allows players to download games previously purchased from both stores (at least while they were still online). When Nintendo first announced the closure of the Wii Shop, it warned that players would be prohibited from retrieving or transferring games purchased with the Wii System Transfer Tool at some point in the future. but never set a fixed date.
This has left some players wondering: has this time come now? It is not known if both stores are closed for maintenance or if they were closed unexpectedly. The edge contacted Nintendo with a request for comment but did not immediately respond.