The end of Swap Note SpotPass feature...
You may have noticed you Nintendo 3DS notification light blinking blue this morning, and that is because Nintendo sent out this message to their users...
"Thank you for your support.
Nintendo has learned that some users, including minors, have been exchanging thier firend codes on internet bulletin boards and using Swapnote (known a Nintendo Letter Box in other regions) to exchange offensive material. Nintendo has been investigating way 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.
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 may minors also use this feature of Swapnote. Thank you for your understanding.
Nintendo will continue to work to ensure more consumers are aware of our parental control features which allow parents to mangae thier children;s experience on our systems. For more information please visit here or select internet button below:
- Service stop date: Thursday, Oct. 31 2013, 7 p.m. PT
- Service being stopped:
Nintendo 3DS software Swapnote - Sending and receiving notes using SpotPass
- Affected regions: All regions where the service was offered.
Special Note services are also stopped
- Nintendo "
What does this all mean...?
Nintendo is ending the Pictochat like service that allow users to communicate with other users so long that they had each others friend codes registered. Apparently you can still do this via local range but not over the internet.