Nintendo Kills Swapnote With the Removal of SpotPass

Nintendo Swapnote Warning

Nintendo has recently “suspended” the use of SpotPass in the free drawing/messaging game Swapnote. Each Nintendo 3DS comes with a number of free games and apps, Swapnote being included. With the removal of the tool that allows you to send notes to far away friends, Nintendo has essentially killed one of the most important features of the game.

SwapNote periodically gives you notes telling you about the features in the game along with unlocking new features as you use it more. The game is a nice addition for those that love to doodle, draw, and leave messages for their friends. After making a note you can send it via StreetPass or SpotPass. If you select the message to be sent via StreetPass each time you pass someone with a Nintendo 3DS and Swapnote they will receive your note. After three days the game will inform you that your note has been active for a number of days and offers you the chance to change that.

Nintendo removes SpotPass from SwapNote

Aside from StreetPass the majority of your notes will be sent directly to your friends via SpotPass. After you draw a note you can choose to send it to a multiple people with SpotPass. If you do, any and all who receive the note can draw a response note that is sent to all in the group.

Nintendo has stated that they are cutting the use of SpotPass from Swapnote do to the feature being used inappropriately. “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.” This kind of behavior is unacceptable and is the cause of SpotPass being disabled from Swapnote. Without the ability to send your drawings to friends Nintendo has cut one of the most central tools of the game.

Since the Nintendo 3DS is a portable device its emphasis is on interactivity with other players. The Nintendo 3DS allows you to take your games with you and play with friends on the go or to play mini games with strangers you pass with StreetPass. Having more friends is beneficial to the majority of games on the 3DS and removing the SpotPass feature would hurt any title but few are as heavily reliant on SpotPass as Swapnote.

Swapnote allows players to take pictures with the camera on the Nintendo 3DS and draw on the pictures before being sent. This idea is what caused the real problems. Nintendo could have come up with another solution here, maybe put an age restriction on the SpotPass feature or simply limited the amount of picture notes that can be sent. Either way, Nintendo could have, and still might come up with a solution that doesn’t involve nearly killing their own game.

So far there is no word from Nintendo about plans for SwapNote in the future. The game still works fine but without being able to send notes to anyone one that you are not next to, SwapNote will die a slow and lonely death.

By Garrett Jutte
Gamespot
Joystiq
Polygon

6 Responses to "Nintendo Kills Swapnote With the Removal of SpotPass"

  1. anonymous   November 29, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    i hate the little kids and the pedophilles for doing this

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  2. horrows   November 18, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    I miss it terribly. Why doesn’t Nintendo just say “We aren’t responsible for Irresponsible use” and allow the feature?

    Reply
  3. Jessica Maddux   September 13, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    I think they did the right thing… but I still miss it 🙁

    Reply
  4. Silas   November 25, 2013 at 10:25 pm

    Old news where have you been

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    • Lewis   November 26, 2013 at 12:36 am

      Old news is still news. Not everyone knows about this, or is aware of it.

      Reply
  5. jomarcenter   November 25, 2013 at 4:36 am

    Note: It a 3ds software not a game.

    Reply

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