Previously reported on Halloween night, Nintendo disabled their popular drawing and messaging program over a few users sending “offensive material” to minors. The suspension originally occurred in Japan, then shortly followed worldwide for 3DS owners. Many 3DS owners weren't prepared for the suspension and lost contact with friends they met locally or internationally through the app. The suspension news also included the Flipnote Studio 3D program, which kills any chance of seeing the delayed app in Europe and North America.
However, in an email obtained by Nintendo Enthusiast, Nintendo states the Swapnote app is still functionally for those who have established friend connections and are within wireless range. They also stated parents still have continued control over how their children use the Swapnote app, despite its online functions being disabled. Parental controls such as blocking online interaction and the ability to share images/audio/video. All of which would have arguably aided Nintendo better on the Swapnote situation, if it was made more aware of. The Nintendo Enthusiast author mentions a silver lining to all this in the form of 3DS Miiverse intergration, but there’s still no solid release date for it.
Meanwhile, a petition has already been created to bring the Swapnote back as it was for the 3DS. The petition reads:
As an user and supporter of the Swapnote application for the Nintendo 3DS, I would really hope Nintendo could rethink the decision of shutting down the SpotPass feature for the program and get the service back online while still solving the issues created by some users.
As one of the subscribers of the "Get SpotPass back to Swapnote", I want to make use of one of the most creative and fun aspects of the 3DS again, without being limited to offline.
While past fan campaigns like the ones involving "Dark Souls" and Operation Rainfall worked, their overall success is rarely guaranteed. Regardless, it never hurts for consumers to make their concerns aware to companies like Nintendo through mail, email, or even tweets to the official Nintendo account.