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No Miiverse messaging for 3DS ⊟
Well, that’s disappointing. When it releases next month, the Miiverse app for 3DS won’t let you send direct messages to your friends like you can in the Wii U version, according to a Nintendo customer service rep. We typically don’t take CS statements as gospel, but this is too specific to dismiss:

"We don’t plan on adding the ‘exchange messages between Friends’ option on the Nintendo 3DS Miiverse. Additionally, there are no plans to allow Nintendo 3DS Miiverse users to use the Friend Request feature."

It’s also not surprising, considering how Nintendo shut down Swapnote's online functions supposably after sex predators exploited the service to take advantage of minors. Plus the company disabled Flipnote 3D's free Friends Gallery feature in Japan (the app has been delayed in the West) presumably for the same reason.
It’s all super disappointing Nintendo really seemed to be making strides with the 3DS’s online communication features. Thanks, pedos.
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No Miiverse messaging for 3DS ⊟

Well, that’s disappointing. When it releases next month, the Miiverse app for 3DS won’t let you send direct messages to your friends like you can in the Wii U version, according to a Nintendo customer service rep. We typically don’t take CS statements as gospel, but this is too specific to dismiss:

"We don’t plan on adding the ‘exchange messages between Friends’ option on the Nintendo 3DS Miiverse. Additionally, there are no plans to allow Nintendo 3DS Miiverse users to use the Friend Request feature."

It’s also not surprising, considering how Nintendo shut down Swapnote's online functions supposably after sex predators exploited the service to take advantage of minors. Plus the company disabled Flipnote 3D's free Friends Gallery feature in Japan (the app has been delayed in the West) presumably for the same reason.

It’s all super disappointing Nintendo really seemed to be making strides with the 3DS’s online communication features. Thanks, pedos.

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SMHnote ⊟
Days after Nintendo closed Swapnote's online messaging feature, we finally know more about what might have caused the sudden service stoppage.
According to a couple reports popping up in Japanese outlets Mainichi and Yomiuri Online, a 44-year-old man is said to have used the app to communicate with pre-teen girls, convincing them to send back nude photos. Two other men allegedly lured a 12-year-old girl to a hotel multiple times to perform “improper acts” after connecting with her through an online dating site she accessed with her 3DS (possibly using the handheld’s browser?).
Kotaku says the reports mention the victims’ parents turned off the online functions of their daughters’ 3DSes, but the children turned them back on.
Terrible, terrible people. The sad Nikki artwork above is courtesy of Koto by the way. You can hear us talking more about Swapnote's demise in our new podcast episode published this morning.
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SMHnote ⊟

Days after Nintendo closed Swapnote's online messaging feature, we finally know more about what might have caused the sudden service stoppage.

According to a couple reports popping up in Japanese outlets Mainichi and Yomiuri Online, a 44-year-old man is said to have used the app to communicate with pre-teen girls, convincing them to send back nude photos. Two other men allegedly lured a 12-year-old girl to a hotel multiple times to perform “improper acts” after connecting with her through an online dating site she accessed with her 3DS (possibly using the handheld’s browser?).

Kotaku says the reports mention the victims’ parents turned off the online functions of their daughters’ 3DSes, but the children turned them back on.

Terrible, terrible people. The sad Nikki artwork above is courtesy of Koto by the way. You can hear us talking more about Swapnote's demise in our new podcast episode published this morning.

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TinyCast 012 - Sayonara, Swapnote - Tiny Cartridge

TinyCast 012 - Sayonara, Swapnote

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Another TinyCast episode for your morning! We spent the first segment lamenting the loss of popular 3DS messaging app Swapnote, but we have other eShop news to lift our spirits: Farewell, Umihara Kawase is coming to North America, the Sega 3D Classics line finally debuts in North America this month, and more!

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Life after Swapnote ⊟

With Swapnote shuttered and the chances for a Super Smash Bros. playable role looking slim, the 3DS app’s mascot has to look for a new home. There’s a new and very cute Tumblr following Nikki’s Adventures in Animal Crossing as the ex-postmistress tries to find her way.

It looks like she’s landed on her feet. With few funds to her name, Nikki lived in a tent for a while, but at least now she has a house (and a lot of debt to go along with it). Still, there are moments when Nikki’s reminded of what she’s lost — not just her home or countless penpals, but her purpose. It could be a long time before she really recovers from that.

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Swapnote as an NES app ⊟

Before you complain that this isn’t the NES palette or that it’s not a real homebrew release or whatever contrived annoyance you’ve created to power that hate-device you call your heart, watch this. Listen to this. Oh my god, it’s perfect. Big ups to composer James Roach and artist Merrigo for creating this amazing tribute.

Top five things I’ll miss about Swapnote, now that Nintendo’s all but killed it:

  • Nikki
  • That lovely music
  • Special stationary
  • Messages from way talented artists and rappers (s/o to Mister Raroo)
  • Organizing matches with other members in our Kid Icarus: Uprising clan, Garfield & Friends

I think we’re going to make this month Nikki November.

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Goodbye, Swapnote ⊟
Nintendo just shut down SpotPass delivery of Swapnotes worldwide, after determining that some users were exchanging “offensive material.”

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.

Newly bittersweet image by Jen-Jen-Rose.
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Goodbye, Swapnote ⊟

Nintendo just shut down SpotPass delivery of Swapnotes worldwide, after determining that some users were exchanging “offensive material.”

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.

Newly bittersweet image by Jen-Jen-Rose.

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Big Swapnote update released for the U.S.
It seems silly to invest so much into Swapnote when there’s an imminent Miiverse 3DS release, but this update is free so I can’t complain. New features introduced:
Take photos and record sounds you want to attach to your letters from within the software. You can still add them from the SD Card.
Attach photos and sounds when you reply to letters.
Choose a different ink colour for each page.
Filter letters by sender in the letter list.
There are a few more additions too, like being able to mark up to 30 notes at a time for deletion. Now if only there was a way to download more than 20 notes at a time — that’s what kept me from even opening the app in months. Well, that and the probability of those waiting notes reading like the one above posted by Fidel.
Watch a trailer for the new features:


Decent week for Nintendo downloads, by the way! 
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Big Swapnote update released for the U.S.

It seems silly to invest so much into Swapnote when there’s an imminent Miiverse 3DS release, but this update is free so I can’t complain. New features introduced:

  • Take photos and record sounds you want to attach to your letters from within the software. You can still add them from the SD Card.
  • Attach photos and sounds when you reply to letters.
  • Choose a different ink colour for each page.
  • Filter letters by sender in the letter list.

There are a few more additions too, like being able to mark up to 30 notes at a time for deletion. Now if only there was a way to download more than 20 notes at a time — that’s what kept me from even opening the app in months. Well, that and the probability of those waiting notes reading like the one above posted by Fidel.

Watch a trailer for the new features:

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If Swapnote's mascot Nikki had a cameo in a 2D game — and I really hope Nintendo's in-house and second-party development teams find excuses to make this happen — she'd probably look a lot like this sprite!
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If Swapnote's mascot Nikki had a cameo in a 2D game — and I really hope Nintendo's in-house and second-party development teams find excuses to make this happen — she'd probably look a lot like this sprite!

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Happy Birthday, Nikki!
If the idea of opening Swapnote and sorting through a deluge of unread messages gives you stomach upsets, you can see the app’s one-year anniversary note here.
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Happy Birthday, Nikki!

If the idea of opening Swapnote and sorting through a deluge of unread messages gives you stomach upsets, you can see the app’s one-year anniversary note here.

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Spoiler alert: Swapnote's 1-year anniversary note

Apparently you can set the 3DS clock ahead to 12/21 to see it?

Swapnote is absolutely the most precious thing, which I’m terrified to open because it would result in something like the courtroom scene from Miracle on 34th St., but with Yoshi drawings and cat pictures instead of letters to Santa.

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Bravely Default: Flying Fairy Swapnote stationery might be the worst one yet – considering it has both a giant blank space and a retailer logo.
Uh, despite those drawbacks, and despite the fact that I feel a cold chill when I think about opening my neglected Swapnote inbox again… I kind of want to make sure I have this pattern. I think I just like the idea that Swapnote is regarded highly enough to be used as a promotional tool.
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Bravely Default: Flying Fairy Swapnote stationery might be the worst one yet – considering it has both a giant blank space and a retailer logo.

Uh, despite those drawbacks, and despite the fact that I feel a cold chill when I think about opening my neglected Swapnote inbox again… I kind of want to make sure I have this pattern. I think I just like the idea that Swapnote is regarded highly enough to be used as a promotional tool.

Import: Bravely Default: Flying Fairy
See also: More Bravely Default news and media [Via NeoGAF]

"Swapnote Me Maybe" by Danielle Wolf. Yes, parodies of "Call Me Maybe" became passé months ago, and spoof videos for the pop hit already reached their height with this Arrested Development tribute, but let’s not hold that against Ms. Wolf for releasing this StreetPass ditty.

After all, the lyrics are amusing enough for 3DS fans, with shout-outs to Kid Icarus: Uprising and Puzzle Swap. And while yes, she doesn’t have a professional recording setup to autotune the hell out of this, and the topic at hand is hella nerdy — I cringed through the whole thing — props to her for not caring and putting this out there anyway.

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