#1 Posted by Fallen189 (5318 posts) -

Following a statement made earlier on today, Nintendo Swapnote, the totally sweet feature from the 3DS that lets you send hand dran notes/pictures to people is now being cancelled because of too many people sending dick pics to kids.

Thank you for your support.

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 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.

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 will continue to work to ensure more consumers are aware of our Parental Control features, which allow parents to manage their children's experience on our systems. For more information, please click here.

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 Notes services are also stopped

Once again, Nintendo has thrown the baby out with the bathwater. I really liked Swapnote, it let me keep in touch with 3DS friends. But now it's gone forever I guess. Oh well!

#2 Posted by BigJeffrey (5065 posts) -


#3 Posted by BeachThunder (13146 posts) -

*shrug* not like I used it. At the moment, my 3DS is my Tetris machine :|

#4 Posted by crithon (3528 posts) -

that's disastrous. Getting swapnotes from friends in Italy, Columbia and Germany. It was clever fun

#5 Edited by audioBusting (1735 posts) -

So... people are sending dick pics with it? Wouldn't it make more sense to stop the StreetPass feature instead? I thought you can only send notes to friends through SpotPass.

#6 Posted by Fallen189 (5318 posts) -

It's a shame that my thread got moved into redundant forums. It'd be nice for people to see it

#7 Posted by HatKing (6451 posts) -

In other news, HP pulls monitors off shelves stating, "you guys, you can look at naked people on these things!"

BREAKING: Parents across nation sabotaging their children's eye glasses. One Midwest mom protests, "Had I known these devices of the devil assisted my child in seeing lewd images, I'd have never taken her in to the eye doctor!"

CNN REPORTS: Government officials reach landmark bipartisan decision to shut down the Internet. This conclusion was reached after one Wisconsin congressman demonstrated the results of a Google image search for the word "tits".

FROM NBC NEWS: Scientists from across the globe make history today at a summit in Stockholm. "Our goal here? To destroy the sun. It sounds crazy, but as the chief source of light it's also dominantly responsible for the children of the world seeing boobies. Boobies, you guys."

#8 Posted by 49th (3044 posts) -

Some guy sent me 3D porn on Swapnote.

Nintendo pls

#9 Edited by theanticitizen (298 posts) -

This sucks. I have a friend in Japan who I talk to regularly with SpotPass and now I can't :(

#10 Edited by Video_Game_King (36566 posts) -

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.

What about this indicates porn? How do you know that kids weren't trading photos of Carlos Mencia?

#11 Posted by BaneFireLord (3085 posts) -

Good fucking lord. Nintendo's overprotective parent shtick is such a joke.

#12 Posted by MormonWarrior (2816 posts) -

I used it a bunch with my brother, but now he's on a mission for two years...so it's just been a weirdo Nintendo propaganda/marketing conduit.

But yeah this is bullcrap. "Some people send inappropriate private messages to each other that have no effect on others so we blocked it." What the heck is that all about? So what?

#13 Posted by jimmyfenix (3941 posts) -

Classic Nintendo.

#14 Posted by I_Stay_Puft (4786 posts) -

Wait how am I suppose to practice drawing my penis art now.

#15 Edited by MB (14047 posts) -

For their next system, Nintendo will be distributing Friend Codes that have been encrypted with a 448-bit Blowfish cipher, ensuring no one will be able to communicate with anyone else, ever.

#16 Posted by Hailinel (25787 posts) -

The problem here is tbat Swapnote isn't something that could be easily moderated, unlike something like Miiverse. Nintendo had already planned to make Miiverse available on 3DS, and that would have effectively made Swapnote redundant in some ways, so I'm not broken up over this. I'd be more upset at the people supposedly sending dick pics to children.

#17 Edited by Turtlebird95 (3080 posts) -

Whatever, Swapnote sucks anyway. Takes over an hour just to send crudely drawn dick art to my friends. Get it together NintenSLOW.

#18 Edited by Snail (8772 posts) -

I've never received a note over StreetPass. And I guess now I never will. :(

I'm supposed to always be sending one, according to the Letter Box thing, but I'm not sure if it actually works? I don't know, but it would be cool if it did (and if assholes didn't use it to send out crude pictures, leading to the feature being axed).

I feel like "dick pics" is the "this" in "This is why we can't have nice things" pretty often.

#19 Edited by konig_kei (755 posts) -

So, kids gave their friend codes to strangers on the internet and people are surprised with what they were given? You'd think Nintendo's ingenious system of adding friends as being a big hassle would've solved everything. But how would I know, I have have no friends, hah!.....oh.

#20 Posted by GERALTITUDE (4330 posts) -

I'm really into these sorts of knee-jerk, aggressive and over-controlling decisions. Good on you Nintendo. Someone's gotta keep it clean.

#21 Posted by MikkaQ (10296 posts) -

Fuck this, trading my 3DS for a Wacom. I'll be drawing dick pics with 2048 points of pressure now!

#22 Posted by crusader8463 (14744 posts) -

Why is looking at a penis such a terrible thing?

#23 Posted by SMTDante89 (2732 posts) -

That's like saying Christmas is cancelled.

#24 Edited by destruktive (1116 posts) -

Now I don't know what to do with my life anymore.