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3DS Messaging App Coming Soon (Swapnote)

By Kevin on Dec 21 2011 02:57 AM
Last month, one of our members, Alexis, contributed an article about the upcoming 3DS messaging app called Letter Box. Well, it's now about time for that application to become available. Beginning this Thursday, December 22nd, Letter Box will become available for FREE to the European region. Letter Box is Nintendo's first messaging application that allows friends to exchange photos, drawings, and message text via StreetPass and Wi-Fi connections.

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No official announcement has been made as to when the North American region will see the new messaging application. It's likely to become available this Thursday, under the name of Swapnote. The application has already been available in Japan under the name Itsu no Ma ni Koukan Nikki. Here's a short video clip that shows off the message-exchanging application in action.





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This might tempt me to finally launch "King Mika's Fart of the Month." B)
Here's a picture to help guide you through your drawing of that. Also, remind me to not add you as a friend.

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Well, the new messaging application, dubbed Swapnote has freshly become available. After downloading it and playing around with it for a bit I wasn't impressed. There are very few features available for use. There's an eraser and a pencil. I was expecting to at least see some assortment of colors for use with drawings. Also, maybe even a fill feature to fill in large areas so you don't have to spend unnecessary amounts of time shading with your pencil. Oh...your pencil also becomes dull which is quite annoying. You can only use it so much on one page.

I really hope Nintendo improves this application by providing some kind of update. As of right now, Swapnote is dull and boring. It could be polished up with a few necessary features.

View PostKevin, on 23 December 2011 - 12:14 AM, said:

I really hope Nintendo improves this application by providing some kind of update. As of right now, Swapnote is dull and boring. It could be polished up with a few necessary features.

You need to earn the extra features by giving and receiving messages. ;)
You're kidding, right? Was that in Nikki's boring tutorial or something?

View PostKevin, on 23 December 2011 - 02:12 AM, said:

You're kidding, right? Was that in Nikki's boring tutorial or something?

I got that information from the eShop. Here's the full eShop description of Swapnote to save you some time:

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"Swapnote lets you create handwritten notes and then share those notes with other Swapnote users on your friend list via the SpotPass and StreetPass features. Nintendo might even send notes to you too! As your note collection grows and you spend Play Coins, you'll unlock new features and be able to personalize messages even further by changing stationery patterns, attaching photos and sound recordings, writing and drawing in 3D, and more/ You'll even be able to surprise your friends with secret notes that they can only open on a certain date! Passing handwritten notes to your friends is a breeze, regardless of whether they're sitting across the room... or across the world!"
Ah yes, the eShop description. I passed that up in a hurry for this application. :lol:

Now...reveal your Friend Code so I can start spamming you!

View PostKevin, on 23 December 2011 - 02:33 AM, said:

Now...reveal your Friend Code so I can start spamming you!

Here's my 3DS friend code:

5069-4088-2938
Cool! You should be getting a SPAM message right about...!
Is anyone else finding that their patience level is getting lower and lower for Swapnote? Swapnote is so slow, I've limited checking my messages to every week or so. I think the performance of the application has something to do with the total number of messages you have stored, which doesn't make sense in my opinion. They're [Nintendo] either going to have to optimize this app, or do away with it and create a better one. Plus, there are a lot of features that should be available to us but aren't. For example, we should be able to reply to messages using attachments and stationary.

Don't you think??
Hmm, my problem with Swapnote is sometimes I won't receive messages until DAYS later. Wonder if there was a way to create an app where you can receive messages like you would on xbox/ps3? Cause I would download that in a heartbeat. Plus I can't draw and my handwriting is chicken scratch and some people can't read my messages. >.<; So a typing base messaging system I would prefer.

View PostMegkipz, on 28 April 2012 - 01:02 AM, said:

Plus I can't draw and my handwriting is chicken scratch and some people can't read my messages. >.<; So a typing base messaging system I would prefer.

Nintendo could most definitely, and should, improve the functionality and usability of this app. I believe we should have the option of using a typing based system, much like how text messages are composed. Some of the notes I receive are just horrendous to try and decipher. I do applaud the fact that we're able to freely write, draw and create what we want. By freely composing whatever we want doesn't restrict us from adding our own personal touch on messages. Improvements need to be made, but it's a good foundation to build from.
aw i really like swapnote though those are  definitly are some points and good ideas... i love doodling so this app is perfect for me! If anyone wants to spam me or get spammed please, let us exchange friend codes :3  1934 0945 1781 lemme know if yah add meh
Swapnote can be very fun when people use it wisely. Unfortunately I get a few who sent small scribbles 5 times a day. I like when people take the time to draw something that looks thought out but not scribbles. Also not 10 notes in an hour. I think if people used this wisely I would enjoy it more than I already do.

Also, it could stand to be updated. My main concern is not being able to select multiple notes to delete all at once. That would make life so much easier!