JAPANESE GAMES OUTFIT Nintendo has suspended its Swapnote service for people who swap notes and pictures that they shouldn't be swapping.
The problem is that people aren't playing with the 3DS Swapnote feature as Nintendo expected and are making a mockery of the trust that the firm puts in them.
Dwindling financials or otherwise, Nintendo won't sit by while people use one of its services to post offensive things or game codes.
"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," it said.
"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."
The curtain fell on the service late on Halloween, and it will remain down for the foreseeable future. There seems to be an element of regret in the decision, and Nintendo said that in an ideal world it would always try to give people a good experience.
"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," it said.
"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." µ
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