When there are apps and programs that allow people to share photos, well safe to say that there will be some abusing the system by sending sometimes inappropriate pictures. Nintendo has been experiencing that with their Nintendo 3DS online service, SwapNote. The service was originally designed to allow 3DS users to share handwritten notes and drawings with one another, as well as the ability to share photos as well. Unfortunately it seems that many have abused the service to send “offensive material”, which is why Nintendo has announced that they will be shutting the service down effective immediately. Granted that “offensive material” has been shared way before SwapNote, we’re guessing the involvement of minors is probably what Nintendo took offense to.
According to the statement released by Nintendo, “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.” We’re not sure if the service will come back once Nintendo figures a way to prevent offensive material from being shared, but until then it looks like you’d be out of luck.