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Swap Notes With Swapnote!

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If you've got a Nintendo 3DS, you've probably already downloaded the new Swapnote app. And if you haven't, what are you waiting for? It's fun, and best of all, it's free!

I decided not to call this a review, because Swapnote isn't a game. It's just an updated 3DS version of PictoChat, a way to send messages back and forth between friends. You can send them either via SpotPass or StreetPass, although I was disappointed to learn that you can only StreetPass notes with people on your friend list, not strangers. Obviously a move to keep people from sending God knows what to complete strangers, but still sad.

Using the stylus, you can draw and write your notes, and you're allowed multiple pages for each message, although "ink" is limited. You can also add a level of depth by selecting a 3D pen instead of the regular one. There are multiple backgrounds to choose from, and you can even attach photos or sounds to your messages and let your friends download and keep them.

It's fun, but limited in scope. you can only have two levels of depth to your message, and you can only write in black. Although since Nintendo appears to be using SpotPass to update the backgrounds, I see no reason why other color inks couldn't be added at some point. Also, it's a little frustrating that Swapnote limits your abilities in the beginning, forcing you to send some lame 2D messages before giving you the 3D pen and the ability to add attachments as it teaches you all the things you can do. And while I was initially irritated that you have to spend Nintendo Coins to get special backgrounds and attach things, I guess in the end it's not really that bad, because honestly, aside from Find Mii, what else can you use them for?

So just head on over to the eShop and download Swapnote for free, and get swapping! Now, I just need more friends with 3DSes!

7 Comments

Jorge Y. said:

I'll be your friend Wootini!

ironmouse said:

best...app....ever...for the 3DS :)
such addictive fun, oodles of doodles!! hehe

Terra :] said:

I love this app:] but since I live in such a small town no one has a 3DS I end up just drawing pictures and saving them xD I really need to find some friends!

ironmouse said:

Terra - make sure you visit the 3DS friend code exchange then you can swap letters online.
Don't forget - it is not LOCAL it is Internet based :)
(tho it does have StreetPass option)

ironmouse said:

ugh I meant the 3ds friend exchange thread in the Forums: http://gaygamer.net/forum/showthread.php?30723-3DS-Friend-Code-Exchange

Charlie said:

Either we are already 3DS friends or you just keep ignoring my requests. Please private me your 3DS friend code! ;)
Charlie 3DS: 3265-5065-1612

Havok said:

Friend Code: 0173-1839-5946
The name is Havok
Add Me & Drop me yours too.
Right now I have Mario 3D & Ocarina of Time & Four Swords.

And girls who like girls who like rumble packs!

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