About a month ago, I decided I wanted to try replaying Splatoon on the Wii U. There was just one problem. My Wii U wouldn’t recognize the disc. Okay, try another disc. Mario Kart 8? Fine. Xenoblade Chronicles X? Fine. Star Fox Zero? Fine. Mario Maker? That thing hasn’t worked in ages. Why is every disc except Splatoon (and Mario Maker) working?! Maybe there’s some invisible scratch? A smudge somewhere? There’s this tiny little smudge that can barely be classified as a smudge. Maybe that’s it? Is it safe to clean a disc with a baby wipe? If it safe for glasses it’s safe for a disc! Or so I was told by Google! Nope. Nada. Maybe actually give the disc a chance to dry.
A month later, a new trailer for Splatoon 3 was shown. Huh, this looks closer to the original than 2. If only Splatoon for the Wii U worked! What’s that? The eshop will stop accepting credit cards after next month? Time to wishlist Donkey Kong 64!
Then I noticed it. Something… beautiful. Something I had been craving the entire month to see.
THIS WAS IT! DJ OCTOROK REVIVED HIMSELF FROM THE DEAD TO BRING MY COPY OF SPLATOON BACK TO LIFE!
Or the disc dried. Either or.
This was it! My chance to play Splatoon again! Man… Was the game always this blurry? Or this loud for that matter? I’m (really not) positive my Wii U won’t implode!
All right. Time to select a weapon and try out a match-
Welp. No biggie! Just try again! Got my weapon, the lobby filled up instantly. Wait, why isn’t there any music? The sound effects work just fine. This is getting creepy-
Really funny. Okay, just try it again. My Wii U sounds like it will combust at any moment, but I’ve gotta at least get through one match!
Maybe one more time? This time, starting up the game made my Wii U crash entirely. The next time also made it crash. Maybe I should stop- Nahhh, this is too fun.
I did eventually make it into another match. I didn’t even get to play for a minute by the time the dreaded error showed up again. Before anyone asks why I don’t just buy another disc, the thing is… The problem isn’t the disc. It’s the disc drive. Several Wii U owners have complained about random discs not being read. These users have gone through multiple discs, even going so far as to buy a brand new copy of the game. The most frequent games to have this problem are Mario Maker (well that explains that!) and New Super Mario Bros. U. It can happen with any Wii U game as we can see with my copy of Splatoon.
So the moral of the story is…
I GOT TO SEE KILLER WAIL BEFORE MY WII U CRASHED!
Update: I decided to try it again after making this post. I don’t know why, but suddenly the game works. I was able to make it through an entire match. The music occasionally cuts out, but otherwise runs fine. New moral of the story: If something doesn’t work, complain.