Nintendo eShop back online after Monster Hunter Rise demo demand caused it to crash

Getting your Wirebugs crossed.

Nintendo eShop back online after Monster Hunter Rise demo demand caused it to crash

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The Nintendo eShop is back online after huge demand for the Monster Hunter Rise demo caused a global store blackout.

A demo for Capcom’s upcoming RPG was released earlier today but, due to the amount of fans trying to download the 1.6 GB portion of the game, the Nintendo eShop was put out of commission. The issue was a worldwide affair, with users across the US, Europe, and Japan unable to access the online store to get their hands on the demo.

Nintendo’s Japanese customer support Twitter account apologized for the inconvenience following the crash, and took the eShop down so that it could undergo emergency maintenance. The issue has now been cleared up, and fans and multiple outlets have confirmed that the demo is downloadable from the eShop.

Capcom announced that a Monster Hunter Rise demo would be available to try, until February 1, during a digital event on January 7. The demo contains four quests situated in the Shrine Ruins area of the game — two tutorials concerning Wirebugs and Wyvern riding, plus one beginner and one intermediate level quest — and missions can be played up to a maximum of 30 times.

The demo also supports local and online multiplayer, allows players to bring a Palico or Palamute along for the ride, and all 14 weapons are available to trial throughout.

Monster Hunter Rise launches on Nintendo Switch on March 26.