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Nintendo Discontinues Swapnote on 3DS in Response to the "Exchange of Offensive Material"

Jack Gardner



Nintendo has a history of providing safe, family friendly experiences to its consumers. Unfortunately, internet access doesn't always mix well with those ideals.


As of yesterday, Nintendo has shutdown the Swapnote service, which allows for the transfer of images and text to other Swapnote users via the 3DS' SpotPass function. The reason given in the official announcement, which you can read here, was that a select group of people were exchanging friend codes on via message boards online and then sharing explicit material. Some of those involved were minors and Nintendo takes such activity very seriously. Ultimately, the company determined that it was best to indefinitely suspend the service and look for ways to prevent activity of this sort in future Nintendo applications.


Nintendo also officially apologized to all affected by the closure, stating:

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.

More information about the closure can be found in the official announcement.


Do a lot of you use SpotPass and Swapnote? Will you be affected by the closure? What is your take on video gaming online safety?

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