Regular users of Nintendo’s Swapnote (known across the pond as Nintendo Letter Box) may have noticed that they’re no longer able to send messages to one another via SpotPass. It turns out that reports of some offensive material being distributed through the app have prompted Nintendo to discontinue its SpotPass features.
According to a statement issued by the Big N (which can be read in its entirety at the link below), it appears that certain 3DS owners were using the service to send inappropriate messages to minors, whose friend codes they’d acquire through various Internet forums. As Nintendo cannot regulate the contents of these messages, it has opted to disable the service completely to prevent further misuse.
It’s certainly a shame to see the service shut down so abruptly, especially as it earned a runner-up spot in our Best Multiplayer Games of 2011 awards, but that’s not the end of 3DS messaging. The handheld will also receive its own version of Miiverse sometime in the near future, so 3DS owners will still have a way to communicate with one another, this time in a safer, more regulated environment.
What do you think about Nintendo’s decision to discontinue Swapnote? Are you upset that you’ll no longer be able to send messages to your friends, or have you long since stopped using the service? Share your thoughts with us in the comments!