The way Nintendo handles their online services is lackluster at best, and this is nowhere more prevalent than in the online multiplayer. Shortly after the release of Super Smash Bros. for 3DS, Japanese players were bombarded with bans just because they decided to play as Peach (obviously nobody in Q&A played as Peach, then).
Missing out on a good character there, that float can be a life-saver.
But now things have just gotten silly. Like an Insane Clown Posse convention, Nintendo is handing out traumatising experiences to its customers. However, instead of it being through horrid music, they are issuing full 136-year bans for online play! It’s-a-me, Ban-Hammario!
So, what’s causing this glitch? Right now, nobody knows. All players really can do to avoid the ban completely is to stay away from online multiplayer altogether. Smash Bros. has three major checks it does for foul play: Attacking one player exclusively, disconnecting during a match, or somehow bringing an item into For Glory (where items are not permitted).
The third check is what caused all the trouble for Peach players, because the game saw her turnips as items, and pulling one at the start of a match registered as a fault.
However, the first two, well…if your battery cuts out, or you accidentally close your 3DS during a match, that’s a fault. Doing so means you have effectively rage-quit and you could receive a ban. As for targeting one player exclusively, uh…what if they’re in the lead? What if a Free For All match turns into two 1-VS-1 battles, is there a chance all players could be banned?
Normally the bans wouldn’t be huge, but for some odd reason, the ban time has recently started being registered as “-1″—which therefore (without going into a deep programming explanation) places it at the maximum of “4,294,967,295”. If you take that in seconds, and convert it to years, you have…you guessed it! 136.2 years. Is there going to be a fix? Is Nintendo going to unban all players out of good faith?
I don’t imagine so. Iwata is too busy counting all those yen bills that selling 3.2 million copies helped generate, and Sakurai is, well, posting stupid pictures.