We have just learned that Nintendo has decided to pull the plug on Swapnote, the Nintendo 3DS app that lets users exchange messages and photos using Spotpass.
According to the company, it’s because of how the app has been misused, due to offensive material being exchanged with minors.
In a post on their website, the Big-N notes:
“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.”
The app was suspended as of 7 p.m. tonight (Oct. 31), and no information was given regarding a potential return.