I play Splatoon with the Switch connected to a TV,

  • Definitely LAN (wired) connection from the Switch to the internet router.

  • Very fast internet

  • Absolutely no other use of the internet during play

  • I use pro-wireless controllers (FWIW I don't have a wired pro controller)

  • 1000+ hours experience playing Splatoon FWIW

  • FWIW I use a normal old splatroller

Sometimes when you sit down to play Splatoon, the best way I can explain this is your character walks slowly.

For some reason the actual motion speed of the character - let's say normally 3 m/s - really seems to be reduced - let's say to 2 or 1.5 m/s.

I just cannot understand how this can be.

• If your bandwidth is crap, you'll get jitter/jumping, but it can't magically affect the actual walking speed of the chartacter

• Incredibly, when this happens, it even happens in the foyer. So, simply walking from the start position over to the game portal, it feels like your character is walking slowly. WTF?

• It seems like the rest of the game is proceeding normally, and only I am walking slowly. So, it seems like the other team mates and enemies and general stuff like moving objects are all moving at their normal speed, it's only me who "can't walk at a normal speed". It's hard to judge this for sure.

(I totally lose when this happens, which suggests, it's only happening to me, but, who knows - it's hard to say for sure.)

• Whenever this starts happening, I reset the Switch - has never helped.

• Whenever this starts happening (like this morning!) it seems to go on for an hour or so - it's always a few games. Eventually, it comes good, perhaps later in the day.

• I think, and this is bizarre, it only affects your walking speed (that is to say rolling speed), sliding in ink speed seems normal. Not sure.

• I've tried quickly changing controllers (WTF? who knows) when this happens, it's unclear if it helps

It just makes no conceptual sense that a character would "slow down" in a MPP game, like, sure you may get jumps and dropouts and jitter but how could the actual "walking speed" change?

This is such an obvious problem you'd think there'd be a million complaints about it everywhere.

• Does anyone else experience this?

• Is there any cure?

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    Have you tried using a different controller? – Pyritie Oct 16 '19 at 15:46
  • @Pyritie - yes, I own 2x (wireless) pro controllers, whenever the problem happens I try both. – Fattie Oct 16 '19 at 16:03
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    And both controllers have the slow movement speed issue? – Pyritie Oct 16 '19 at 16:34
  • @Pyritie - YES. for example, precisely that happened this morning. tried both back and fore (say, 2-3 games each) and identical issue. this was about 3 hrs ago. clambake, A+ or S (forget) – Fattie Oct 16 '19 at 16:44

Incredibly, this seems to be due to malfunctioning controllers.

Both my pro controllers are either bad or ruined from use. (However, I'm almost certain I've seen this issue even with brand new controllers.)

To see the problem, in fact simply walk in the lobby, no need to play.

You can dig up a "calibration" tool on the Switch.

When pressing full forward on the left stick, you should see

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however my two examples jitter back and forth to this, often staying on this for a second or more:

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no green!

I have some video very clearly showing the issue, will post when get a chance.

Note - the "fix this" button on the calibration screen does not help.

The right sticks on my two examples are absolutely perfect, the left sticks (forward only) are bust.

You have to wonder what pro players do about this issue - just get new controllers ever tournament in case they go flakey? Sucks.

Are they bad out of the box?

I'm not certain but fairly sure that:

  1. One in particular I had was OK at first but became useless after 6 months or so

  2. Another one was actually no good when brand-new out of the box.

I just bought one yesterday, and, it is perfect.


as soon as you buy one test it using the Calibrator thing.

That seems to be the only way forward :/

  • I wonder if you can open these suckers? A blast of CRC may help, never know... they're a paperweight like this :/ – Fattie Oct 16 '19 at 18:19
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    You might be able to contact nintendo and send your controllers to them for repairs -- I know they offer this service for flaky joycons at least – Pyritie Oct 17 '19 at 9:05
  • @Pyritie - right, they're not cheap. At least one should be under warranty even - but who keeps receipts? :/ I grabbed a new one from the local big box store, and, immediately won like 5 in a row :) Amazing what a difference it makes when you can actually move forward :) I really wonder what the players on the TV championships do about this issue, I mean you must have to start every important game with a brand-new checked one. – Fattie Oct 17 '19 at 13:58
  • I found this: nintendoservicecentre.co.uk/uploads/… -- it does look like you need a "proof of purchase", unfortunately. You might be able to put one of your malfunctioning ones in the box of the new one you bought and send it along with the new receipt to them. – Pyritie Oct 17 '19 at 15:26
  • @Pyritie - shh, don't suggest such things online :) :) thanks for the link – Fattie Oct 17 '19 at 15:27

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