Nintendo Terminates Swapnote Service On 3DS

By Ishaan . October 31, 2013 . 8:11pm

In an alarming move, Nintendo have abruptly terminated online sharing in the Swapnote application for Nintendo 3DS, that allows 3DS users to exchange notes and drawings with one another over the Internet.

 

“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,” Nintendo’s announcement reads.

 

“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 elaborate: “We are very sorry for any inconvenience to the many consumers who have been using this service responsibly; however this decision was made considering the point that many minors also use this feature of Swapnote. Thank you for your understanding.”

 

Nintendo have not announced if they plan to provide an alternate method for 3DS users to exchange messages with one another. Perhaps the upcoming 3DS version of Miiverse—which has no release date—will provide such a feature, but it appears as though Nintendo aren’t comfortable allowing owners of their devices sharing risqué material with one another, even if it is between registered friends.


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  • Detrimont

    i remember when it first came out everyone was using it and i got so many messages daily, lately, i’ve been lucky to get 1 a month(not counting official release letters)

  • EmptyWarrior

    This was probably the worst way to handle the situation, Nintendo.

    • JustThisOne

      I hope they at least have some kind of a new system they intend to implement immediately after… Or something.

    • epndkempot

      Nintendo should make account system for the services immediately. Ban the dick sender instead shutting down the feature.

      • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

        No they needed to cut off these people who were sending the kids the picks that were on their friendlist

        • Rockman X

          It’s comforting to pretend it was adults sending penises to children, but chances are it was other children, being children.

          • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

            Of course.

            But then you remember that adults these days are manchildren savages who bite off other peoples knads with their two buck teeth and kill each other over video games.

          • Rockman X

            Thank you for reminding me of the fan art of Zero biting off someone’s penis.

      • katamari damacy

        Boggles the mind how Nintendo hasn’t copied the same system as Sony and Microsoft. They already have sign ups for Club Nintendo, which would readily and easily serve as an account system

        • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

          Those arent exactly great account systems by all accounts either. Especially with their data policies

      • http://www.siliconera.com Jenni

        Parents should watch their own dang kids. If they were responsible with parental controls, we could still have a messaging feature on the 3DS, just like EVERY other current handheld and console.

        Or, just remove the ability to attach pictures to SwapNote. (Though I would have missed the Colors 3D artwork and Animal Crossing screenshots from friends.)

    • Raltrios

      Agreed. Now how am I supposed to get to know the 3DS friends I’ve made over the years better? We shared common interests and everything!
      Unless you can contact your buddies through a forum or something, you’re now unlikely to ever hear from them again.
      I’m very upset by this.

  • surakian

    I think Nintendo is overreacting by terminating the entire Spotpass service on Swapnote. If children were exchanging FCs from online forums & websites, it should have been the parent’s responsibility to monitor their activity on the computer and on the 3DS. There are parental controls on the 3DS for a reason.

    Nintendo should just replace it with Miiverse 3DS if they want to be able to monitor and filter materials.

    • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

      Parents dont use them.

      So Nintendo will storm through their homes and teach them how to use it.

      By having Kirby suck them all up and spit em out

    • lunier

      I don’t think this is something your can blame parents though.

      Did your parents watch every single move you make? If they didn’t, are you calling them bad parents?
      If you are/plan on becoming a parent, will you be standing behind your kids 24/7? If not, will you consider yourself a bad parent?

      Not to say that the parents are blameless though

      • surakian

        At no point did I call anybody’s parenting bad. I am not even blaming the parents, but I am saying Nintendo is reacting too extreme for something that should be a responsibility of the parent to monitor.

        Nintendo is not a parent, and they have presented the tools for parents to use to ensure the privacy and innocence of their children is not compromised through the use of the 3DS. There is a point where you need to teach your child internet safety in order to prevent this kind of stuff, and Nintendo shouldn’t have to deactivate an entire service because a child is unaware of the dangers of exchanging their FC with strangers online.

        • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

          Unfortunately that is the reality of the situation.

          Nintendo’s legal team is antsy. Extremely antsy. So antsy in fact they jumped the gun with Smash Bros at Evo last year levels antsy

          • surakian

            That wasn’t even last year. That was like a few months ago xD That was utterly ridiculous too. It’s like Nintendo likes shooting themselves in the foot and then patching it up with just a few small bandaids.

          • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

            They gotta keep them on a tighter leash lol.

            They’re damn good at their jobs though. Holy hell they are good.

        • lunier

          Oops, I meant to reply to the post below yours lol

    • Landesca

      Nintendo has a right to not want this stuff affiliated with one of their services and I applaud them for making this choice, taking it down so they can hopefully figure out how to re-implement it to keep this from happening. At the same time, most parents aren’t very good at monitoring what their children do with electronics. I worked at Blockbuster, you’d be amazed at how many people rent Grand Theft Auto for their 8 year old.

      • surakian

        I certainly don’t disagree with their decision to try and manage the situation, but keep in mind Nintendo created the FC system because they believed it would be the best method to protect children from strangers they would meet online. Clearly this didn’t work at all considering what has happened.

        Nintendo should have known while they were making the 3DS and Swapnote (and Flipnote) that there was the potential for explicit material to be passed via SpotPass. This is something they probably should have planned ahead of time. They knew the landscape of the internet at the time. They had the tools.

        For two years this kind of stuff has been sent plenty of times between 3DS users and complaints probably came in at a regular. They only became proactive in stopping it because parents probably were threatening to sue, they’ve just launched the 2DS that needs to make some good sales, and they can’t afford to lose money and positive press when the holiday season is coming up.

        This is why I think they should just implement Miiverse 3DS and an account system. They can monitor and moderate posts, there is a flag/report system in place, and they can just suspend accounts when people disobey their ToS. And for Swapnote, add the same “flag/report” system. It should have probably been included from the get-go but…yeah.

        Haha, I’m well aware. My cousins play almost everything I play and they aren’t even half my age.

  • http://vanilladice.deviantart.com/ Dice

    Everyone just HAD to keep drawing penises didn’t they??? >=/
    8=D <– that's a smiley face with raised sunglasses btw

    • Zero_Destiny

      I heard people were sending photographs of their genitals actually. >___> But yeah, kinda totally sucks.

      • http://vanilladice.deviantart.com/ Dice

        Go human race, go….

        • lunier

          “Hrmm…3D camera…? I wonder what my genitals look like in 3D…”
          3D camera bringing out the inner voyeur

          • Shady Shariest

            …This might be the joke-of-the-day for me :3

      • Kumiko Akimoto

        How else do you sext on the 3ds?

      • Zoozbuh

        Da fuck… If “minors” were doing that kind of stuff, then I really have lost faith in the human race. Why in the world would you use a 3DS to do it anyway?!

        • http://jesse-dylan.livejournal.com Jesse_Dylan

          Were you never a kid or something?

          • Guest

            What, so sending photos of your dick/boobs when you’re a young kid is considered right now? No I never did that as a kid, that’s just wrong to me. Save it for when you’re older if you have to.

          • http://jesse-dylan.livejournal.com Jesse_Dylan

            It’s not about “right” or “wrong”. It’s just something people do, and yes, when hormones are racing through your body at a rate higher than they ever would in an adult body, you are more likely to do odd, sexually experimental things. It’s not right or wrong to do it, and it’s not right or wrong to not do it, but it’s something that happens.

    • http://www.santashi.com/ Santashi

      You should see the pictures drawn on the desks and chairs when I help out at a local boys’ school. It’s a weird fixation…:o

  • http://twitter.com/puchixseda puchinri

    Even though that’s a real shame, I can understand. Perhaps after they have a better understanding of the situation and better measures, it might return or something else will be put in its place.

  • 栗場 江理久

    Wow, I rarely used it lately at all, but still this shocks me greatly. I’m really disappointed :c

  • XypherCode

    Isn’t this just temporary? I’ll miss Nikki. :(

  • Andrew A

    Hopefully Nikki finds a new home. Like…Smash Bros.

    • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

      she’s on Miiveerssse

      • surakian

        She needs to be in Smash Bros. as well!

        • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

          YungSun Brown Eyes has taken her place on the Roster

      • XypherCode

        But she’s not moving and dancing and writing…lol
        And I don’t think that’s the official Nikki on Miiverse.

        • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

          The one I have is her lol

    • ShawnOtakuSomething

      or 3DS menu Buddy

      • benhofb

        OH MAN THAT WOULD BE SO SICK. It could be like the paperclip helper from the old Microsoft days.

        • Zero_Destiny

          I see you’re trying to play a game. Do you need some help? Remember to push the A button to select. lol

        • ShawnOtakuSomething

          but more useful and awesome

        • Distant_arcana

          Idk but I just busted out laughing from that last comment about the paper clip.

  • PreyMantis

    Well, what else were they expecting? I think what’s scary is that Nintendo is tapping on to people’s posts. I don’t know if there was an agreement whether they can check on people’s posts, so I can’t say for sure, but isn’t that invasion of privacy? With them being too paranoid about stupid kids posting “offensive material,” I worry whether they’ll do the same for the Miiverse.

    • surakian

      They have moderators for Miiverse if you weren’t aware. The service is constantly monitored and posts are actively deleted if they are found to be lewd, offensive, or against their TOS.

      • PreyMantis

        I know, but you can never be too sure about these sort of things.

        • surakian

          Never too sure about…Nintendo monitoring Miiverse? Or their ability to tap into Swapnote?

          When you turn on your 3DS the first time and set up an internet connection to set up SpotPass, you agree to their Service User Agreement and Privacy Policy that states they are allowed to collect “information related to the messages sent to Friends (including friend codes, nicknames, date, number of pages and technical information regarding attachments)”

      • http://www.siliconera.com/ Ishaan

        The problem is that Miiverse is a public service. Swapnote is an entirely private messaging service, and to expect people to “keep it safe” defeats the purpose of it being a private service completely.

        • gold163

          Swapnote is in no way a “private” service. You are using Nintendo’s service to exchange data, and like any other social network this comes with implications that are more often than not ignored. For example, “private messaging” on message boards or instant messaging between individuals is understood to be “private” in the sense that it is hidden from public view, but in no way does it mean that the messages are secure or that they will not be monitored by mediating parties. If you send someone obscene messages via “private” message, you can be sure that the administrators of the service have the capability of intercepting and reading them, and in fact in most internet forums this is exactly their responsibility. They usually don’t, but they understand they will be held accountable if something slips under their noses that shouldn’t be there in the first place.

          • http://www.siliconera.com/ Ishaan

            But that is precisely what I meant. Administrators seeing these messages in no way impacts anyone but the administrators themselves. Furthermore, we don’t even know if Swapnote was moderated. Judging by their wording, it sounds like it wasn’t.

            So, it is very much a private service in that, if I send something via Swapnote, the only people that will see it are the ones I choose to send it to. No one else (save for the administrators, provided the service was moderated) will see it.

            I’m not certain how this is different from any other service. There’s nothing that stops Google or Microsoft or Yahoo from going through someone’s e-mail. That doesn’t mean e-mail isn’t a private service.

          • hahahaha

            Yes and the problem they are clearly showing is the audience in receipt of these pictures. Nintendo doesn’t want to be another vector for dudes to show their dicks to little kids, simple as that.

    • gold163

      I don’t know if we can construe that Nintendo was directly tapping into peoples’ SwapNotes. For one thing I think they wouldn’t have implemented that sort of capability beforehand if they didn’t even see something as simple as exchanging friend codes via third party as a viable method of circumventing whatever safety by obfuscation was in place.

      I think it’s more likely that this sort of activity was brought to the attention of Nintendo by concerned users/employees/parents who understand how the services work at least on a basic level.

      However, as someone else has pointed out below, you *do* agree to Nintendo ToS which reserve them the capability to monitor the usage of their applications over the internet, such as via SwapNote, and we know for a fact that MiiVerse is actively moderated.

      • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

        Dont underestimate the Nintendo Ninjas.

        Those girls will cut you

  • Altin

    Degenaration at its finest.

  • Zero_Destiny

    On one hand, the Miiverse pretty much covers most of what Swapnotes did, and while there are still shenanigans, it would prevent offensive photographs and was better monitored. With some minor tweaking Miiverse can be just as good as Swapnotes was. So it has me hopeful that such a draconian take down would mean they’ll finally put Miiverse out on the 3DS to phase out Swapnotes.

    On the other hand, such a quick take down with no prior real announcement (at least that I saw) and the lose of one of the main social features (for the moment at least) that was a lot of fun, is pretty distressing and rubs me the wrong way. Also Nikki will be missed.

    • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

      Nikki is on Miiverse

    • s07195

      Who’s this Nikki people keep mentioning? I haven’t used Swapnote at all, so I don’t really know.

      • M’iau M’iaut

        The cute mii-like mascot of Swapnote.

        • s07195

          I see… I guess I missed the opportunity to see him/her. >.<

  • Paul Rodriguez

    I actually had a great deal of fun with this. Sucks there are people that ruined this.

  • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

    Pokemon and the 2DS led to some real stranger danger with the friend safari. Lol.

    This is also 4chan’s fault.

    And Kei’s.

    Always Kei’s fault.

  • hazelnut1112

    Pretty pissed off. I was about to send a Halloween greeting to my friends and this happens when I was about to send off the note.

    • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

      ;/

    • ShawnOtakuSomething

      :/ the feels…

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    no no no I loved it :( all the epic drawing I hated how people misused it ugh it will be missed * Nikki ><* ……… remake Pictochat to have online or give us 3DS Miiverse

  • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

    I have all the swapnotes. Would be nice if it was a round 75

  • Max

    I’m sure some american mom found penis images on her son’s 3DS and asked Nintendo to take responsability for her bad parenting.
    Whoever took this decision made a huge mistake.

    • Aaronrules380

      Why is this the parent’s fault exactly? It’s not like a parent can monitor and control every little thing there kids do. And yeah, I’m sure it’s totally fine for creepy perverted adults to send pornographic images to children they met on the internet. That’s totally the parent’s fault right there

      • Armane

        They should use the parental controls and turn off features that may cause issues. So yes, they are at fault.

        • Aaronrules380

          I’m pretty sure parental controls can’t just turn off spotpass on one game. A parent might be ok with their kid using the internet to play Mario kart, but not really think about the possibility that they might be exchanging messages with total strangers. And even if they could turn off the one game, they might have no idea their kid is using it with anybody other than their real life friends.

          • Armane

            If you looked at the parental controls, you would see that you can turn off Swapnote. And ignorance is not an excuse.

          • Aaronrules380

            Fair enough about being able to turn it off. But parents still can’t watch their kids 24/7, and they might think their kid only has real life friends on their friends list. Parent’s don’t necessarily know whether or not their kid is adding friend’s from internet forums

          • Rockman X

            Yes they can. It’s called packet snooping.

      • Max

        YES, It’s a parent’s responsibility to know what his kids are doing online.
        To receive anything from a stranger on your 3DS you need to EXCHANGE EACH OTHER’S FRIEND CODES ON THE COMPUTER.
        And guess what, not only does the 3DS have parental controls, COMPUTERS DO TOO.
        We don’t have to pay for crappy parenting of people incompetent enough to not do even the minimum effort to keep their children safe.

  • http://gamgambit.tumblr.com/ Thespian Treasure Hunter ♢

    They could’ve just ban the photo feature. this blows incredibly hard :/

    Seems the upcoming Flipnote will also lack Spotpass, what’s the ·$%·$& point then?

    • Internet is Crash

      maybe they’re gonna host it on the flipnote website like DSi one

    • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

      Streetpass?

      • http://gamgambit.tumblr.com/ Thespian Treasure Hunter ♢

        Still worthless for me.

        IRL I don’t have a lot of friends sharing my same interests, heck none even have a 3ds so for me it’s the same as having nothing at all.

        • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

          You’re in the same boat as me then.

          But I streetpass random strangers all the time

          • http://gamgambit.tumblr.com/ Thespian Treasure Hunter ♢

            Where I live you could run a marathon through all the city and you won’t get a single Streetpass, ever ;_;

          • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

            I live in the bog. Humid as all hell.
            Streetpass Relay’s are a god send.

          • http://gamgambit.tumblr.com/ Thespian Treasure Hunter ♢

            *live

            Stupid typos hajhjsvhsdvfhgsdvfhsdghsjd

          • Distant_arcana

            If were all in the same boat why cant I find you guys!?

  • Jirin

    Nintendo’s done it. Now no child will ever say or do anything sexual or vulgar ever again!

    You’ve solved the problem forever Nintendo!

    • AuraGuyChris

      Way to over exaggerate the move they did.

    • Aaronrules380

      I really don’t think you understand what the issue was in the first place, since I really doubt it was people exchanging penis doodles or things like that, but more likely a bunch of stuff tied to the photo sharing option

  • AuraGuyChris

    Those gosh darned children and their gosh darned drawings of male reproductive organs!

  • JustThisOne

    What?! Noooooooo! ;___;

    I’ve been swapnoting nice things for everyone! Just nice things!

    • http://gamgambit.tumblr.com/ Thespian Treasure Hunter ♢

      I wanted to read those creepypastas you made! ;A;

      • JustThisOne

        LOL, it wasn’t really anything. I just drew eyes everywhere to be honest. :>

        • http://gamgambit.tumblr.com/ Thespian Treasure Hunter ♢

          I enjoy seeing doodles anyway .w.

    • ShawnOtakuSomething

      you never added me, senpai…

      • JustThisOne

        WHAT! To the OT!

        • ShawnOtakuSomething

          its there

    • Zero_Destiny

      Like our Froggie who wanted senpai to notice her. :O

      And how Walt’s ‘Behold my Demons’ only made everything worse.

      How will I live now without my dosage of that? *sobs*

      • JustThisOne

        I find it crazy you remember all this, haha.

        • Zero_Destiny

          I NEVER FORGET. (꒪⌓꒪)

          ha ha It’s a gift and a curse.

          Though it’s not like it was that long ago, that was just this summer. ^^;

  • Ferrick

    well this is definitely the wrong way to contain the situation -.-, they could’ve just scrapped the photo feature but nope, had to take the whole thing off

    i wonder on what will they do when they realize that people have been using the web browser on wiiu for something else ?

    • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

      They cut off the internet because these people are still on their friends lists

    • Luis Edgar Flores Gutierrez

      From an American POV, maybe. From Nintendo’s (Japanese) POV, it’s the right thing.

      • Ferrick

        did you really just try to generalize my comment ? Especially when nothing i said implied that it was any country’s POV ?

        and for that matter, how would you even know that it was a good move from their POV? Especially not with the backlash they will get for it

      • Göran Isacson

        Aaaand how exactly is that? Why would it be right from the Japanese perspective but not form… hell, a European perspective too since I am from Europe and also think this is bullshit?

  • DuskSharkEX

    What are parental controls?

    • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

      Things parents are unaware of

      • http://momentsreprieve.com/index/ Aushria

        I find this whole issue hilarious, since the last two 3DSes i bought had the parental controlls (not a typo) activated by default. My Xerneas XL had EVERYTHING diabled. I couldn’t even access the network features on X and Y before I went in and disabled parental controls manually.

        So I don’t see how its an issue of the parental controls, since those things are a solid annoyance for any non-minor playing a 3DS.

        Its an issue with Nintendo actually putting them in place right off the bat and then requiring the user who is playing the 3DS to define a password.

        Most kids are smart enough to efficiently use a tablet anymore, so making their own Parental Controls password and withholding it from their parents is child’s play….LITERALLY.

      • Nexus

        or straight up ignore to begin with.

  • Christopher Nunes

    Though I haven’t been using SwapNote for a while now, I love this thing! I enjoy drawing in the Notepads on various popular characters like Pokemon and Digimon and show it to my friends, even with the limited screen to draw on and the ink levels, but this seriously blows. :<

    They couldn't have had an alternate solution to it? There's StreetPass on SwapNote, right? Perhaps someone was sending offensive mail intentional and parents saw it and complained to Nintendo?

    OK that's highly doubtful (or is it?) but regardless they couldn't just take a different approach to the situation? I will miss Nikki she's was a great and adorable helper on SwapNote.

    • Aaronrules380

      They only disable the spotpass functions. Streetpass still works on it

      • Christopher Nunes

        But that doesn’t really stop the problem much, they people could do the same things still they did on SpotPass and put it in StreetPass.

        This is not a perfect solution to the problem.

        • Aaronrules380

          That really isn’t an issue. The issue was that kids added friends who they didn’t know in real life over the internet. It’s not really all that probable that this could occur with someone who lived close enough to streetpass

          • Christopher Nunes

            True about both SpotPass and StreetPass.

            It’s sad to see people use such a fun application for such inappropriate manners, but parents need to monitor their kids to make sure they do meet someone… that has a bad influence on their kid.

            People nowadays… I just can’t comprehend their behavior most of the time.

  • DragKudo

    NIKKI NOOOOOOOOOO!! YOU WERE MY ONLY FRIEND!!

  • Khoko

    I don’t get game companies these days. I really don’t they want to take and take and take and want us to keep giving and when they cancel something they just do it on a whim and then give us the old soft shoe song and dance routine.

    Oh you’ve been using swap note as a way to communicate with friends? Well that sucks it’s gone now because reasons that make no sense as this will happen no matter what. They say they don’t want to be seen as just a children based company then they do this because of children. Lets face it we all know this happened because some parent got butt roasted because their child was sending out noodz and they threatened to sue.

  • komiko12

    Come on, do people really have to use a 3DS for THAT purpose?
    There are lots of other ways to do that thing and much easier…

    Now Nikki won’t be sending me messages. She has the most artistic swapnotes…

  • Jettythesunfish

    Wow, and I just started getting into it too…

  • Weeb

    I miss my swapnote buddies already.

  • ChaoofNee

    Nintendo suddenly realized press was too good and decided to throw the enthusiast crowd a slap in the face. Good job making my 3DS sad, Nintendo!

  • Eder García

    “Nintendo has learned that some consumers, including MINORS, have been exchanging their friend codes on Internet bulletin boards and then using Swapnote”
    “We are very sorry for any inconvenience to the many consumers who have been using this service responsibly; however this decision was made considering the point that many MINORS also use this feature of Swapnote. Thank you for your understanding.”
    real talk, this is bad, Nintendo don’t have other choice. please understand.

    • Max

      There’s already a feature that blocks image sharing, it’s called PARENTAL CONTROLS.

      We don’t have to be taken responsible for crappy parents that won’t make the minimum effort instead of just buying crap to their overstuffed children.

      • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

        The problem is these people be on their friend list already

  • Hinataharem

    And Nikki goes back to tap dancing on the street

  • Gekokujou

    Guess that’s one less reason to get a 3DS…

    • Lumi

      I won’t count swapnote as a major reason to get a 3DS… But it is cool, especially if you added friends who can draw well.

  • http://guillotineghosties.tumblr.com Ghosties

    Nintendo seriously needs to stop with this whole “protect the children” bullshit.
    Friend codes are inconvenient enough, when usernames and friend requests would be so much easier…like, I dunno, what PSN and XBox Live do? Instead of having to memorize 10+ digits, give them to a friend, the, give you yours, and then only being visible after both of you add each other.
    Those kids they’re trying to “protect” are just getting on Live and calling people slanderous names on CoD, anyway.
    I needed to get a 3DS friend’s tumblr or Facebook, and now I have no idea how to ask them for it.
    Thanks a lot, Nintendo.

    • Aaronrules380

      Because bad words are equivalent to what could easily have been creepy adults sending images of their genitals to young kids… right

  • Scipio

    There’s this thing called accounts, Nintendo. Could have help tracked down the people doing this in order to ban them, and not punish everyone else.

    Just saying.

  • Espoir

    Ugh, this sucks SO BAD :/

    Just gotta ask, why use Swapnote? There are TONS of other friggen apps that are better for stuff like that >____>

  • Crevox

    Parental controls bro

  • Bryce Ward

    Anthony you ruined it for all of us :D

  • Zoozbuh

    Why could not they not have just banned/removed the photo feature?! I’m sure people could have lived without that… Banning the ENTIRE service just seems silly, since it’s the only real way to communicate via 3DS!

    • Aaronrules380

      Probably because it’s nowhere near as simple as it sounds to just stop one feature. And would require a software update, which has to be done manually through the eshop, meaning it might not solve the problem. And because shutting down the service is an immediate solution that takes far less time in general

  • ChiffonCake

    Damn, this sucks. Swapnote was a small feature, but one that I was genuinely interested in.

  • AzureRyuujin

    Now how am I gonna keep in touch with my friend who’s on a trip in Thailand? He’s unable to use Skype at present!

  • XiaomuArisu

    Whats next?
    Facebook is stopping its service because kids send porn at eachother?
    Xbox live closing because minors call eachother names?

    • TheExile285

      “Xbox live closing because minors call eachother names?”

      I lol’d

      • XiaomuArisu

        I hope so
        ….Look 2 likes and 2 dislikes!
        A tie!!!

  • Thatguy

    1st time in year, when i launched Swapnote. Day after, swapnote was closed.
    The hell?

  • TheExile285

    WTF Nintendo? T_T

  • sakusakusakura_nyo

    I just turned on Swapnote and it seems to be working fine. I got a new note from a friend just yesterday…

  • ronin4life

    This move baffles me…

    Did a Monkey take over Nintendo HQ yesterday or something?

    This can’t be the real reason: it doesn’t make sense…

  • http://so-very.me/ Jenny

    It’s because kids today are fucked up and obsessed with getting laid at the ripe old age of 10… seriously. Parents needs to step it up and be parents! Cause it’s not just on the DS. It’s the cell phones and the computers and the iPADS and… wow. Yea. Welcome to the new age?

  • Kusabi

    The saddest part is that this only hurts the people who enjoy it; the people misusing it will just find something else.

  • Lionxie

    Damnit this is why we can’t have nice things.

  • Aristides

    Cant some other company make a IM/chat app for 3Ds?

  • Brimfyre

    Just when I think Nintendo is getting more liberal and will perhaps give us some jiggle boob mechanics for Peach and Zelda, they go and do something like this and prove they are still parenting us.

  • RisukuAozora

    I never liked this method of handling things. It’s like where one person in a classroom acts up and we all take the punishment. I’m sure there were other methods they could’ve done. Just not this one.

  • http://www.gamesoul.it/ Andrea Baiano S.

    Bring the Miiverse on the platform. NOW.

  • Kristina Wright

    I’m very upset about this, though I didn’t use it often to send notes I did like collecting the custom stationary. :( Hopefully Miiverse will launch soon so everyone else can continue conversing.

  • AJ

    I didn’t even realize you could send photos.

    All I ever used swapnote for was harassing my wife. I could have done so much more to annoy her! Alas!

  • AuraGuyChris

    Poor Nikki lost her job.

  • http://www.hamstapowah.com/ Zaron

    It’s too bad nobody’s ever come up with a system wherein we’re all tied to an account and could report other accounts’ misuse so problematic users could be denied certain services or, if appropriate, even be reported to authorities while proper users could continue to enjoy the software and its entire feature set.. Geeze, something that advanced probably won’t exist until, like… 1990s, at least!

  • mike dickson

    it was bad anyway

  • https://twitter.com/kcgst Karu

    Oh Nikki, you will always be in my heart u_u .

  • http://s1.zetaboards.com/Espada_of_Alexandria/index/ konpon568

    NIKKI!!! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

    Wait, there’s still hope! NIKKI FOR SUPER BASH SISTERS KERFUFFLE!

  • Max

    Remember to complain on their website contact form, through email and twitter.
    If enough people complain they might do something about it.

    • http://s1.zetaboards.com/Espada_of_Alexandria/index/ konpon568

      E-Mail spamming about this won’t do any good. E-Mail spamming for requesting Nikki to be in the next Smash Bros game, however…

  • awat

    What a shame ,well thers many Disgraceful kids out there cant be helped.

  • hickorypan

    What the honest hell? This was one of my favourite features of the 3DS!

    Nintendo, you’ve seriously chosen the worst imaginable way to handle this. Minors are not the only people in the world and they certainly don’t need protecting from things they’re too stupid to avoid or because their parents are too stupid to use the parental lock features.

    How the hell are Nintendo games supposed to form any kind of community if people aren’t allowed to communicate? What next, are they going to terminate the Miiverse too? This blows serious chunks.

    • James LeDuke

      Don’t give them ideas!!!!

  • Ni ~UNREAL BLACK THINGS~

    In the future Nintendo will shut down Wii U browser because people is using it to look at adult stuff

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