The lights are on
Yesterday evening, Nintendo took a step with its SpotPass service to protect minors from offensive content. The company has disabled the sharing of notes via Swapnote.
The news came by way of a SpotPass notification. The shutdown is immediate and world wide, as revealed in the full statement (below).
Thank you for your support.
Nintendo has learned that some consumers, in clouding 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 also indicates that it will be increasing awareness of parental features, which allow ratings-based password gating and the disabling of 3D for younger children. Other SpotPass services are unaffected, but the notification does suggest that special notes (like those announcing new games) will also be ceased.
Our TakeNintendo is making the right call here. The company has a tradition and reputation for family friendliness. While it certainly isn’t responsible for the actions of those that abuse this service with mature material, being proactive before there is a big mainstream story is smart.
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Some people. They can't follow simple rules for the good of everyone else. Such a shame.
Whenever kids are involved it seems best to only allow players to use pre-constructed sentences.
Ha ha ha, internet what will you do next.
I am glad to see that not only Mike agrees that this was a good call, but a majority of the comments I read on this article agree too. Some friends of mine were complaining about this and saying that this is proof Nintendo does not like the internet, but I felt those claims were unjustified given the situation.
Sure, there should be some responsibility on the part of users, but we all know there are oblivious parents out there who won't/can't intervene for whatever reason and stop their kids from involving themselves in this sort of thing. Nintendo making the call to stop it from their end is the right call at the end of the day, and although I will miss this feature, I am fine with the outcome.