Nintendo pulls the plug on Swapnote (SpotPass)

Yes, you read that right. Swapnote’s main appeal of sending and receiving notes online (Spotpass) has been suspended indefinitely. Nintendo made the decision to stop this feature after discovering that certain users were using the app to exchange offensive and explicit material.

“Nintendo has learned that some consumers, including minors, have been exchanging their friend codes on Internet bulletin boards and then using Swapnote (known as Nintendo Letter Box in other regions) to exchange offensive material”, said Nintendo on its website.  “Nintendo has been investigating ways of preventing this and determined it is best to stop the SpotPass feature of Swapnote because it allows direct exchange of photos and was actively misused.”

“Nintendo always wants to provide a positive experience for all consumers and limit the risk of any inappropriate activity or misuse of a service. We feel it is important on this occasion to take this action.”

Users who have been using the app responsibly have every right to feel aggrieved and annoyed but Nintendo saw fit to take action after considering that minors may also be subjected to offensive material that have been circulating.

3DS/2DS owners who have been using this feature actively, do you think that Nintendo could have handled this situation better or did they make the right call? Voice off your thoughts in the comments below.

david

Avid gamer and proud collector of all things video games, David fondly remembers his very first portable, the GameBoy that set him on his path to enjoying many sleepness nights perfecting high scores, rescuing princesses for the umpteen time, raiding tombs and leveling up Pokemon whenever time permitted. Gaming has and always will be at the forefront of his mind.

Game On

david

Avid gamer and proud collector of all things video games, David fondly remembers his very first portable, the GameBoy that set him on his path to enjoying many sleepness nights perfecting high scores, rescuing princesses for the umpteen time, raiding tombs and leveling up Pokemon whenever time permitted. Gaming has and always will be at the forefront of his mind. Game On

One thought on “Nintendo pulls the plug on Swapnote (SpotPass)

  • November 2, 2013 at 3:10 AM
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    I absolutely loved the Swapnote app and used it regularly to keep in contact with friends and family. I arranged Animal Crossing get-togethers, showed off pictures of my latest catch, and wrote to my Japanese friends in Kana/Kanji instead of using Roman letters. For a company that encourages international play, how am I supposed to find international friends without looking online?! (I suspect Tortimer Island will soon be a thing of the past…)

    I think Nintendo should have at least given all of us a warning so we could make other arrangements. Animal Crossing should be updated to send letters to people on our “Best Friends” list when we are not in each other’s towns and MiiVerse should be available as a replacement to Swapnote.

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