Nintendo has disabled the SpotPass feature of Swapnote – also known as Nintendo Letter Box. The move was apparently initiated after Nintendo found out that some users have been exchanging “offensive material” with other users. According to the company’s website, the feature has been deactivated to “limit the risk of any inappropriate activity or misuse of a service.” The Special Notes services, which were also sent via SpotPass, are also stopped. Read Nintendo’s notice about the service for the software below:
“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.”