Nintendo suspends Swapnote due to the exchange of “offensive” photos

By Ewan Miller, Friday, 1 November 2013 03:12 GMT

After thanking us for our support, Nintendo has announced that it has suspended the Spotpass feature of its 3DS messaging application Swapnote (Nintendo Letter Box) due to the company discovering that some people have been “exchanging their friend codes on Internet Bulletin Boards” and then using the service to “exchange offensive material”. While the announcement doesn’t specify what the offensive content is, it heavily implies that it’s photographic in nature. This suspension includes all regions and Nintendo doesn’t have an ETA for the service’s return yet.

In the announcement, Nintendo apologised for the “inconvenience to the many consumers who have been using this service responsibly”, but pointed out that the company’s ultimate responsibility is to the “many minors” who also use the application.

Even though I didn’t write many notes using the app, I certainly enjoyed all the cute pictures more creative people would send out. Hopefully Nintendo figures out a way they can relaunch the service soon.

Thanks, Polygon.

Sometimes we include links to online retail stores. If you click on one and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. For more information, go here.




  • Swapnote for 3DS in North America

    Nintendo has updated Swapnote for 3DS in North America. The European version of the app, Letter Box, hasn’t been updated yet as far as we know. The new features include the ability to use a different color on each page, take photos and record audio, filter notes, and more. Nintendo Life has all the details.

  • Nintendo downloads, March 22 - Zombie Slayer Diox, Uggie the spokesdog

    Nintendo has updated its WiiWare, eShop, and DSiWare offerings this week with Zombie Slayer Diox, Carmen Sandiego Adventures in Math: The Island of Diamonds, music vidoes, and 1st Class Poker & BlackJack. For a limited time, 3DS owners who have installed the free Swapnote application can also receive a special Swapnote inspired by Uggie, the […]