If you have a gander at the Nintendo Network Status page, you would notice that there will be some planned downtime for online services on Mario Kart 8 due to maintenance tonight and early tomorrow morning. So, if you are a night bird or an early bird and are hoping for some online Mario Kart fun, then unfortunately you will have to detour your time onto offline play momentarily. It is likely that this downtime is to prepare Mario Kart 8 for its big update, which is scheduled to be released tomorrow (27th August 2014). The update aims to improve stability, allow users to download the Mercedes Benz DLC and much more!
Here’s the lowdown for various timezones for your convenience:
- Europe : 8.50AM to 10AM
- UK : 7.50AM to 9AM
- USA (East Coast) : 2.50AM to 4AM
- USA (West Coast) : 1.50PM to 1AM (Tuesday > Wednesday)
- Japan : 3.50PM to 5PM