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Spotpass feature of Letter Box (Swap Note) axed by Nintendo

November 4th, 2013 by Stuart Miller Comments

No more random messages for you

Nintendo have announced today that the SpotPass feature of its Letter Box (Swap Note in the US) has been axed after they found out that minors were exchanging “offensive material”.

Nintendo announced this via a notification on everybody’s 3DS systems where they stated that the SpotPass feature was being removed due to material that they deemed offensive, they however did not disclose the nature of the offensive material.

In a statement Nintendo said “Nintendo has been investigating ways of preventing this and determined it is best to stop this service because it allows direct exchange of photos and was actively misused.”

They went on to say “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 the 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 service. Thank you for your understanding.”

The Letter Box feature was released in December 2011 and let people sent messages and pictures to their friends.


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Stuart is co-founder and one of the hosts of the Monday movie show. Ever since the age of two he's been a huge movie fan, especially horror films since one of the first films he ever watched was Poltergeist, yes at age two. Since then he can't stop watching films and over the years it has become a bit of an obsession, but it's not just films that he has a passion for; he's also a huge videogame fanatic and has also been known for belting out the odd tune or two. For more on what Stuart does visit