What really happens when an online player is reported too many times on Super Smash Bros. for Wii U / Nintendo 3DS? These players are not banned entirely from the game, but corralled into specific matchups with others who have been given the boot.
This place has been dubbed “Smash Hell” by the SSB fanbase, and it houses the worst of the worst. Unfortunately, sometimes innocent players have been stuck into this purgatory from no fault of their own as a consequence of Nintendo’s self-regulating reporting system. Kotaku spoke with a few poor souls who have been trapped in Smash Hell. Jamel Wilkins, a For Glory player, was stuck there for over a month.
In Smash Hell, Wilkins noticed that his competitor pool in “For Glory” mode drastically changed. It was full of players who spammed the same attacks, told him to “git good” when he lost or had bad internet connections that made online brawls difficult, if not impossible. There, he encountered Smashers like “HorsePssy” and “HIV+.” It took several minutes for him to be matched with other players instead of a minute or two. For a month and two weeks, he says, he was “banished.”
Many of the players there do deserve a place in Smash Hell, and the reporting system works well to keep them from harassing the community. But for folks like Wilkins, exile can occur from drawing other fighters’ ire for any reason at all. So if you hate projectiles, got salty over a loss, or have a burning hatred of Rosalina & Luma, you can banish someone to the timeout box with just the push of a button.
It’s a very interesting mechanic, but Nintendo will undoubtedly remain tight-lipped about how exactly the matching system works. Be sure to read the full article!