Nintendo Bans Splatoon 3 Cheaters Before The Game Is Even Out


An Inkling in Splatoon 3 summons an item, but that item has been replaced by a Super Smash Bros. hammer.

Nintendo summons the almighty banhamer.
Screenshot: Nintendo / Kotaku

Splatoon 3 fans were treated to a nice surprise last weekend when Nintendo hosted a special splatfest event before the game’s official release. This gave people a chance to download and play a demo of the colorful shooter ahead of its September 9 release date. However, players bold enough to “sniff around and find out” certainly figured it out, as it appears Nintendo’s anti-cheat system has now started banning the Switch consoles of Splatfest players who tried move forward by customizing the game.

Indeed, according to noted Nintendo Switch data miner OatmealDome, the game’s anti-cheat system was active over the weekend. The Splatoon 3: Splatfest World Premiere, which ran from August 27-28, offered three teams to choose from – Rock, Paper, or Scissors – as well as an assortment of gear and weapons to experiment with. You would think this would be enough to persuade people as we all collectively wait for the game’s official launch in a few weeks. But some still went beyond the limits by downloading and using a user-created patch who skipped the tutorial and granted early access to Splatoon 3‘s test range, the kind of practice lobby of the game. The patch worked, but players using it soon found their Switches banned.

It’s unclear if these bans constitute a total ban from the Nintendo Switch Online service – OatmealDome now suggests the ban may just prevent affected players from playing more Splatoon 3 on their console, but it certainly doesn’t seem like something you’d want to test.

“When I saw posts on Twitter that people were being banned for that one patch, I wasn’t surprised,” OatmealDome said. Kotaku via Twitter DMs. “Patching the game code would [also] do you get banned Splatoon 2.

“Nintendo is taking cheating seriously this time,” they said. “[whereas] splatoon and [Splatoon] 2 were both completely unprotected when launched.”

However, they note that “a number of high-profile incidents” that affected Splatoon 2 made Nintendo get more serious. “This led to Splatoon 2 getting a pretty decent anti-cheat solution implemented, and it seems to be pretty effective so far,” she said. “Nintendo wants to continue that in Splatoon 3.”

Kotaku has contacted Nintendo for comment.

we have learned a lot about Splatoon 3 thanks to the 30-minute Direct Nintendo held on August 10. In addition to returning from favorite stages like Hammerhead Bridge, the colorful shooter will have you rolling out of the ink, still refusing proper in-game voice chat, and features a ton of new weapons I’m pretty excited about this game. Splatoon 3 coming exclusively to Nintendo Switch on September 9.

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