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Apologies for 3DS Swapnote/Letterbox Suspension

Journal Entry: Mon Nov 4, 2013, 3:27 AM





As you may know, a few days ago Nintendo suspended 3DS's swapnote/letterbox (Depending on which country your from) system, due to users exchanging offensive material. What Letterbox is? its a software that allows you to write letters or draw doodles or attach pictures and send it to your friends. Its a great little fun software, I always liked Letterbox, I use it a lot to draw funny pictures of pikachu and top hats to friends. And... also for.. umm...... *deep breath 1 2 3* Ok. Ahhem, I am guilty of exchanging adult material to my 3DS buddy, :iconohgodwhyplz: and no Im not talking about naked photos of myself or anything like that ok! But of some sexy pics I found on the net... in 3D. Its mostly for laughs. its just interesting to see those 'pictures' in 3D. Also funny that we are using an innocent child friendly console toy for this purpose. SO JUST FOR FUN, me and my friend sent the sexy pics we found on the net to each other. THEN a day later, we get the news that Swapnote/Letterbox got suspended. HMMM coincidence? I dunno! MAYBE. Well if anything, I just wanna apologize, because its people like me that has caused everyone in the world to not be able to use this brilliant software anymore. sumimasen! Yes the sexy ladies are indeed japanese kasfjkfjaklfljfIhavenoshame


Sorry Nikki, I cannot

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:iconcats2000:
Cats2000 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Now that's just dumb... Nintendo are WAY too sensitive... honestly XD Well, aslong as the pics weren't porn, that is XD
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ellehcore Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I was wondering why that wasn't working on a brand new ds. Damnit Ry!

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LunarMew Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Poor Nikki is probably out of a job now.

DAMN YOU, LIABILITY! :shakefist:
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Ry-Spirit Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
LOL poor Nikki indeed haha
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Drauxia Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I wish Nintendo would recognize that a lot of their fan base has grown up and are in their 20's now.  They need to stop catering everything to little kids all the time.  There were better ways to handle this problem. 

Meh...maybe it's my problem and I need to find more adult-like hobbies.  Like crossword puzzles.  And paying bills.
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Koriru Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I wanted to send this to you;;; This seems to be part of the real reason why it was disabled:
en.rocketnews24.com/2013/11/07…
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Ry-Spirit Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Oh no :( thats a sad read. I thought its already hard to make friends with people online using the nintendo friend code system. Well in a way im happy nintendo is takin action, but not sure if its too drastic. U dont see other net service closing down because of one incident, im sure skype has much more incident like this.. But with that said the demographic for nintendo are indeed kids so i can understand why nintendo would just shut it down altogether. Lets hope they dont shut down pokemon x and y video chat system as well :I
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RebelLucario Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Alas, a certain cohort of mine also used the Swapnote program for such things. Except, it was art that he actually made himself using the Swapnote software. He doesn't post much here on dA anymore due to good reasons, but every now and again he made a little doodle in Swapnote and I would receive them. They were always fun to receive and I always wondered what he would doodle up next.  Though, the ONE time I actually reply to one of them with a note I wrote, the service gets cancelled the next day... -~-
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MileniaKitsuvee Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ugh, I hate how they closed it just like that. They should have just banned the people exchanging the "mature content". I used to exchange seasonal drawings with so many people. :/

I also read something in the letter they sent about kids/adults exchange FCs in some message board and then using Swapnote for "mature content". Then that means they didn't exchange their FCs through the Swapnote! I blame the damn parents who don't monitor wtf their kid is doing on their freakn' electronic devices and think the Nintendo device is a babysitter 24/7.

I hope they do something and are able to bring it back.
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Erihppas Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
BURN THE CRIMINAL IN THE STAKES!! RAWR!! *HOLDS UP TORCH*

Just kidding. 

Personally, I'm quite disappointed with Nintendo's decision. Swapnote was my way of communicating with friends I added in FC, and occasionally, I received helpful replies when I jokingly asked for help (just to show off my crappy Pokemon drawing skills). I'm sure Swapnote is a tool of communication to most, too, and it's sad that Nintendo would make such an extreme decision to cut off this wonderful app. :<
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Garabatoz Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013
Technically it was due to people online sending mature stuff to little kids.
I guess...
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Haoiki Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ugh I am really angry about that -.- I only could used Swapnote like 10 days since I got my 3DS, I was having a lot of fun, I thought I found a little tressure you know..it was like the best and cuttest software ever! and for people like this it got suspended and I canīt enjoy it anymore and I didnīt even share naughty content! >.< I am not blamiing you with all the fault, I mean it was a lot of peopleīs fault but DAMN D: Couldnīt you people resist to send naughty pics?? D: I am still mad about swapnote suspension u.u. Now, nobody can use it anymore. 
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Ry-Spirit Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
i helped ruin it for everybody im sorry ;v;
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Haoiki Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha donīt worry. I hope someday they put it back, and disable the photo option D: 
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Ry-Spirit Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
lets hope so.
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Jullika Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
i'm so sad and mad : ( couldn't they just, dunno, locate the people who overdid it and just block it for them cough
so it would have been also a warning for others or something, i communicated with round about 30 people through swap notes abloobloobloo
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ShimmyJamily Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013
Is the "abloobloobloo" a reference to pacman when he loses? Or am I just totally making things up? lol
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Jullika Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
UHM you're making things up haha abloobloobloo was just my whining ;)
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ShimmyJamily Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013
Ha! Over-active imagination on my part!
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Jullika Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
NO PROBLEM THO :D
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TouchedVenus Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
LOL wow, good job ;D
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pchaness Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013
LOL!! I've never thought of sending adult material over swapnote until I read this journal... Hmmm....... >8D
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Lynchly Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WHY RY
;____________; WHY
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MDoodlee Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Student General Artist
It irritates me how nintendo treats all of their consumers like children. :/
Disabling swapnote was totally unnecessary, they've already made it as difficult as possible to add people as friends. I mean you have to know your stupidly long friend code, they have to know theirs, it doesn't even notify you if someone has tried adding you, you can't just add people you've played online with (like you can on ps3) and then there's all the parental controls on top of that. 
If your child is swapping letters with strangers then I'm sorry but it's your fault for not keeping track of what they are getting up to, nintendo already did plenty to try and stop it. 
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Ry-Spirit Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
or just get rid of attaching photos XD
i mean even if its offensive drawing its just drawing, photos r worse.
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Karma-cruzer Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree with you on Nintendo treating us all like children.
In my opinion the better option would've been not to just disable SpotPass on Swap Note, but to put a parental block option on it. I rarely used Swap Note, so I'm not sure if there was one there for that already, or not, but if there was, then they should've just took the picture thing off.
I love Nintendo, I really do, and I admire them for always being family friendly in the world we live in, but it's not Nintendo's fault, or the innocent people who haven't been abusing Swap Note. Why punish everybody?

I have a feeling that there's gonna be something else done about it with so many people upset with it being disabled.
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wyverngrace Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
my siblings and I would send crappy drawings of boobs to each other on Pictochat on the DS xD
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DevinShadowV Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have used swapnote here and there but oh well
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Lakikana Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
dammit Ry, and I used it to have draw-offs with my friends :B just kidding, but why did they have to do it this wayyy? If only they had changed it so that you couldn't put pictures in your notes, only drawings/text. That seems innocuous.

(ok but really the Wii U chat is so much worse, how is that allowed, but this isn't?!?)
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LlamaButtons Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Hobbyist
I don't think you are one of the people to blame. 
I think what had happened was parents got a hold of their children's 3DS and would see the pictures they exchanged, etc and said parents had contacted Nintendo and complained about such things. 
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Sir-Herp Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Student General Artist
Dangit, Ry! I got my 3DS recently and only sent one swapnote. :<
/smacks
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slifertheskydragon Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is why we can't have nice things
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LukeMif Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Student General Artist
Hoho Mister Ry! It's OK. We still love you!~
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SilkenCat Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Haha, so we have you to thank? XD jeez what is Nintendo thinking? Of COURSE someone's gonna send the odd sexyyyy picture XD Big deal! My friend likes to draw ...ahem... large veiny penises to me. >_>' Anyway, it's not like you can send it to just ANYONE. You already have to share friendcodes!
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WorldFruitTree Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Using a 3DS to sext...in 3D! Interesting idea...
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Ryotsu-san Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Student General Artist
I don't have any 3DS friends anyways, so I rarely use the program anyways.  
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Gee-94 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Well...if you believe you have caused the problem, then fix it
email Nintendo and convince them to bring it back or something

it wouldn't kill ya to try. : /

If the problem is because of the photos, than they should just take away the Picture features of swap note than suspend spot pass...
That's my opinion.
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FoolishStrawberry Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sorry Ry I called you a idiot. .... -.-" and now again....
IDIOT!!!! : D lol
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Beeyonkuh Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013
Ugh I was using Swapnote to talk to my boyfriend that lives 1000 miles away from me (and I am not joking about the 1000 mile thing).

You have made us sad babies.
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CHOBI-PHO Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
ooh, so dirty ry!!!~
if only i had a 3DS...perhaps we could've swapnote as well :,3
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TheShadowHatter Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Student Writer
I find Nintendo's stand on this to be extremely stupid to be honest. Here's something people may not know, but can find out on their 3DS right now if they wish.

*cough*

STREETPASS STILL WORKS ON IT!

meaning you can still send offensive material to random minors if you would wish (I don't mean you obviously but I mean that Nintendo didn't stop the whole thing).

also there's the fact that they could have just removed the "insert picture" function and called it a day. Let's not forget that this is the parent's fault in the first place, because if their minors are viewing offensive content than that means they willingly gave their FC to another person who sent them said material, which means they already know these people well before Swapnote and probably can get their offensive content in another way.

Either Nintendo is really that stupid, or something fishy is going on behind the scenes.
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EllieMcDoodler Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
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SilkenCat Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter

yeah they could have removed the insert pic thing!

At first I thought it was something to do with another company demanding a monopoly on free online messaging. Or something... >_> banning letterbox just doesn't make sense

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brokencasanova Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Student Writer
Oooooooooh Ryyyyyy D;

Such a baddie *swat*
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UnoFu Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
HOW COULD YOU :iconsopsplz:

LOL jk it's not your fault. It is pretty disappointing, though, that it got suspended... I can't send notes to any of my 3DS friends anymore :iconyuihuhplz:
Hopefully it'll all get solved and fixed! ^^ Just gotta keep hoping!
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JamesmanTheRegenold Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
bleh, if Nintendo really wanted to enforce the rule effectively without having to shut off the program completely, then the Notes you send to your friends oughta be sent to Nintendo first for clarification, then when it gets their okay, they could send it over to who it was sent for.

thanks a lot Nintendo for not thinking ahead ya schmucks ='d
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Ryotsu-san Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Student General Artist
That's too much work on their part...  And some people might feel it's an invasion of privacy.
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JamesmanTheRegenold Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
maybe but that would give people the idea they shouldn't be sending inappropriate stuff with NINTENDO'S Note Sending Program to begin with. I'm just saying that outright shutting off the service is just not the way to do it.
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Pfaccioxx Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013   General Artist
wouldn't a more effective saloson be to have some setting in the perentol controls that block people from sending sound/pic's

Or if that wod'nt work just disabling the attach pictures funcon of swapnote work just as well as disabling spotpass without the "tick's off everyone who regularly used the program and make it worthless" [yes I know you can still use streetpas with it, but if your useing street pass then why wod'nt you call sead person or E-mail them?]
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Flansy Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013
ughhh, thanks A LOT RY.
I'm putting this all on you.

But seriouslyyy, why can't at least adults use this function? If kids want to lie about their age on the system, they know the risks.
Or put a block feature, if there isn't one already? Getting rid of it all together is just not rad, not rad at all.
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