Because of an odd new bug, "Super Smash Bros." fans face the threat of a lifetime online ban from the newest iteration of the game.
Twitter user @TheWarrus said on Saturday that a glitch had locked the player out of the online multiplayer option on "Super Smash Bros. for 3DS" for 71,581,498 minutes.
That's just over 136 years.
"Time until you can play online again: 71581498 min. 34 sec." Thanks Nintendo. pic.twitter.com/akxoRa3jgL
— Jordan Warren (@TheWarrus) November 1, 2014
People playing the Japanese version of the game have reported a similar problem, so it appears the bug exists across multiple versions of the game. "Super Smash Bros. for 3DS" was released on Sept. 13 in Japan and on Oct. 3 in the U.S.
— ぜなorz@実況集団【腐れ縁】 (@zenaorz1) November 1, 2014
A representative for Nintendo told The Huffington Post that a statement would be forthcoming. But there has been no official response from the Japanese game company since the glitch was discovered last week. For now, "Smash" players might do well to avoid online gameplay on the 3DS version to avoid any problems.
It's not exactly clear what's causing the glitch. But apparently, people who go after one specific opponent in a multiplayer "free for all" match, rather than spreading the hurt to all of their opponents, are the ones getting banned.
It's possible that Nintendo purposefully had some measure in place to punish behavior that's essentially bullying. But no one knows with any certainty if this is the real cause, nor if the length of the punishment was intended.
"Super Smash Bros." players are notoriously obsessed with finding and exploiting bugs in the series to their advantage, so it's no surprise that Reddit users on the popular Smash Bros. subreddit have already created some extremely elaborate theories as to why the 71,582,030-minute figure came to be.