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Splatoon 2 temporarily blocks you from online play with repeated disconnects

Posted on July 16, 2017 by (@NE_Brian) in News, Switch

Splatoon 2 appears to dish out temporary punishments for repeated disconnects. After disconnecting online four times due to issues with their connection, player hypwnotic received the message above. It warns that you’ll be unable to play online “for a while” due to play sessions not ending “naturally”.

This was with the Splatfest World Premiere demo, but this should carry over to the final game as well. It could be a useful tool against ragequitters, but could be a problem with those with faulty internet connections. When playing online, you should try to make sure you’re on a stable connection to avoid any potential issues.

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  • YamiryuuZero

    Let’s say you get a DC for one reason or another. Is there a way to go back to previous game, like in League of Legends, or once you get a DC you’re locked out of the match?

    • Carlos

      The matches last for about 3-5 minutes depending on the mode, so they can’t put you back in a match if you dc.

  • Francesco Gentile

    Honestly i like this

  • NintendoPSXTheSecond

    Happened to my friend yesterday night when he AFK’d to use bathroom and when match was over after being kicked for Idling this message came up.

    • Yolkghost

      I feel that instance shouldn’t count against anyone, sometimes you have to do something right away, so if the game boots you itself for not moving threatening to ban is dumb. Then again the booting always bothered me for idling.

      • Androidatic

        Stuff like that hurts the team. It’s a team game and anyone not helping is hurting.

    • amak11

      Then you quit to the mode select screen and go to the bathroom… I do this all the time, especially since my bathroom is 2 floors up

    • Indielink

      Why didn’t he just take his Switch into the bathroom? That is QUITE LITERALLY the point of this console.

      • Kalmaro


      • NintendoPSXTheSecond

        Not easy to pee and game ya dingus.

        • Damc34

          It is if you sit while you do it

        • Indielink

          Then he’s doing it wrong. And if your friend is a woman, she is DEFINITELY doing it wrong.

  • Androidatic

    Great idea. Let’s hope it deters quitters. I quit playing Overwatch because of players constantly quitting. If your connection isn’t stable then don’t play online.

    • Jimmy Li

      or get a wireless bridge which turns wifi into ethernet

  • Linkavitch Chomofsky

    I’ll allow it!

  • Anthony Chowanec

    I got a warning last night. Took too long posting a screen shot to facebook between matches and when the next one started it booted me.

    • Carlos

      I didn’t know you could do that between matches.

      • Anthony Chowanec

        Hit home button then gallery select pic etc.

  • Shonenfan

    The message even says make sure your internet isnt busted lol! But yeah if you play with dock you should play with lan. Otherwise 5ghz wifi is what i recommend.

    • Exy

      It isn’t Nintendo’s responsibility to ensure their players have stable connections. The player is expected to have their own solution ready and to contact their ISP themselves if it isn’t.

      • Shonenfan

        That’s why i made the comment? Lan or 5ghz at 80mhz. Its always worth checking router settings if you know what you’re doing.

        • Ragnell

          I think he was just adding to your comment, nothing more.

        • He was adding to your comment,

      • Shonenfan

        Lol i totally misunderstood your comment. Ignore the other comment

    • amak11

      I wouldnt recommend the 5ghz band if you’re going through a wall

      • Shonenfan

        Mine goes through walls

      • Shonenfan

        My switch is far away from the router and stills gets decent connection at5ghz. Maybe because the setting is at 80mhz instead of 20/40mhz?

  • Reggie

    Well I guess I’m plain not playing this, because the Switch’s connection is not at all reliable at this point.

    • bakedapplepie

      Your right it’s not that reliable, but I will say say that Nintendo seems to know the difference between a disconnect on their end or a disconnect on your end. I say this because I got many disconnects while playing and never saw this message, but once I let a game start while I went to the kitchen and it dropped me from the game cause I wasn’t touching the controller and this message popped up after. Hopefully this doesn’t cause to many issues and Nintendo fixes the WiFi signal issue with the Switch in an update soon.

      • Reggie

        Well I would certainly hope so. Even then, I’m not even sure if I want to play this anyway since it’s chiefly a multiplayer game.

        • Kalmaro

          What are you talking about? The Switch connection has been perfectly fine for me. Splatoon 2 played great and Arms as well. Mario kart 8 and puyo puyo tetris though…

          • Reggie

            Amazingly enough, not everyone has your luck.

          • Kalmaro

            The general consensus for both games I mentioned seems to be that the internet is stable.

          • ronin4life

            Try living anywhere in the US outside a major city: The IP are all awful, constantly making deals with counties (and probably each other too)for “Exclusivity” and thus the overall internet infrastructure is severely out of date in the majority of the country. You can either use cellphones which do not cover everywhere(And none of them play well with Nintendo Switch)or satellite which doesn’t work for gaming. THAT’S IT.

            I have Fiber optics literally down the road cross the county lines that are never going to come here because of that and recently switched to ATT for mobile because Verizon was overpriced and unreliable. Neither of these connections works.

          • That’s sucks, thinking Wi-Max is more reliable?

          • Wi-Max could be a posibility, maybe I don’t know. Wish you good luck!

          • Kalmaro

            I do live in the US. I wouldn’t say I’m in a major city but we get about 60 Mbs here where I am at.

          • Reggie

            A lot of people say otherwise. There’s been lots of complaints of people having difficulty with finding or maintaining a connection. People have said that they have to sit right next to the router just to get full strength. It’s really bad. For me, my problem seems to stem mostly from high traffic. I couldn’t download the first Switch update for several days because traffic was that bad, and the same happened when the first BotW DLC came out. Splatoon will no doubt be a very popular game that a lot of people will be playing, especially at launch. There will be a lot of traffic then.

          • Kalmaro

            I think it’s just the vocal minority having connection issues. Though playing over ether net helps loads with connection problems.

          • lola

            I lost connection sitting right next to my router and got this message. I had full bars and they sent that message to me.

          • Reggie

            Well that’s just great. That’s real assuring.

        • bakedapplepie

          That’s a different point all together. But I would add that Splatoon 1 had a pretty solid single player game and I am sure Splatoon 2 will be even better.

    • R.Z.

      What kind of connection are you using ?
      Some games seem to have a lot of issues independently from the player’s connection (especially third party ones) but as long as the connection is good on the player end Splatoon (and ARMS) play totally fine.

      • ronin4life

        The thing is, I don’t doubt this.
        But there is a reason it works perfectly fine: People with “below acceptable” connections aren’t allowed to play. At all.

        Spent 4 hours trying to get into a game through multiple connections last night and none of them worked at all.

  • ジョシュ

    The “which is preeeeeety suspicious” part killed me XD

  • I got this message for pulling my Switch out of the dock to play in portable mode. Presumably because it’s connected by LAN when docked. I was a little shocked to see Nintendo threatening me for trying the console’s main feature.

    • Tlink7

      Your rabbit is very cute, but also very hipster xD

    • amak11

      It’s to prevent people from rage quitting mid match. Many games have these features. Even Overwatch temps ban you from comp if that happens

    • DekuMask

      Probably because when you pulled it out it suddenly wasn’t connected to the internet to the LAN anymore and had to ‘switch’ to wifi (Which seems to take a bit sometimes). In that sense, LAN seems a bit annoying.

  • Dylan W

    The only problem with this is that I had a few disconnects last night when I was trying to find a match, and I had a constant full connection! There’s no reason why that should’ve happened. Thankfully, I didn’t get hit with that message and 90% of the time I was able to find a match no problem.

  • That’s odd…..

  • ««H3©TöR»»

    Would it kill anyone to use an on-screen pic? I mean I can hook you up with just that, I was smart enough to use the capture button when I got that message.

  • Locky Mavo

    Looks like this is to sort the rage quitters out. That’s good.

  • ronin4life

    That’s ok. I can’t play online *AT ALL* due to my poor Nat type(And yes, I missed the Splatfest).
    Which is extra $h1tty because it worked just fine during the testfire. Nice to know that if it ever decides to work *AT ALL*, I may be temp kicked if my service starts acting sub-optimally.

    • Jimmy Li

      then get a ethernet to wifi adapter and a usb to ethernet adapter, that shall solve it

  • Mohammad Yasin

    my dcs all happened after the match

  • Jimmy Li

    well my wifi is Preeeeetty fast so no problems for me !

  • Peter

    I’m all for cracking down on rage quitters but I’m not sure about this. I have a flawless Fibre Optic 100MB/sec download connection and I can play any game online with no issues at all but the first Splatoon was riddled with errors even though it has vastly improved now.

    Someone told me they improved the Net coding this time so we’ll see but that said the reality is even with the best connection time outs can and WILL occur.

  • Splatoon fan

    Excuse me, but my internet connection is perfectly normal. I was fine the past five matches, and when we won a game it said “connection failed” and I was locked out for 5 minutes. I’m not too mad about this, but if this keeps going, I’ll end up having to wait hours. Where can I report this? Also, don’t even think about saying “it’s your connection”, because it’s not!