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.