Soft-Banned Super Smash Bros. Players Sent to Online “Smash Hell”

Many guilty and innocent smashers are stuck playing with jerks and spammers after being reported.

By Kyle England. Posted 08/10/2016 12:00 1 Comment     ShareThis

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!

Source: Kotaku

One Response to “Soft-Banned Super Smash Bros. Players Sent to Online “Smash Hell””

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    excaliburguy says...

    I was reading about this just today on Smashboards. Although, it was mostly dubbed “Banland” by them.
    I’m sure many Rosalumas and good players in general inhabit the pyres of Banland, sent there by many a salty strider who lost just one too many times to “spam” or “cheep” plays. Some have rightfully deserved their place in Banland, but some legitimately clean players have been reported by sore losers and have subsequently been banned. Because reasons, I guess.
    Poor them.

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