Nintendo Releases Swapdoodle, Like Swapnote But With More Stuff To Buy

Released yesterday in Australia, North America and Europe, Swapdoodle is Nintendo's latest take on 3DS note swapping, allowing players to share scribbled messages and purchase various add-ons to make them better at it.

Though Nintendo didn't specifically say so in the eShop press release, Swapdoodle sounds like a successor to the Swapnote sharing app, sharing a lot of the same basic functionality and even featuring popular host Nikki.

But there's a whole lot more available, for a price. This is a free-to-start title, meaning you can download it for nothing once available, but to get the most out of Swapdoodle there's a lot of extras to buy, including drawing tutorials featuring popular Nintendo characters, storage space and stationary. From the app's page:

With the right add-on, you can also draw more doodles per note, boost your note storage to over 6000, get more than 45 pen colours, and download stationaries featuring Nintendo characters.

Features include:

  • Swap messages and doodles with your Nintendo 3DS friends
  • Purchase add-ons packs to enhance your doodles and learn to doodle Nintendo characters
  • Take doodle lessons featuring characters from Splatoon, The Legend of Zelda, Super Mario, and more!
  • Draw 3D doodles on 2 layers
  • Place a sticker of your Mii character's face with different emotions
  • Send in-game screenshots from select titles

One feature Swapdoodle does not have is photo sharing, a function that got Swapnote into trouble in 2013, when it was found that users were sharing offensive material. The application's online Spotpass sharing functionality was permanently disabled as a result.

Check out the UK trailer for Swapdoodle below. The app is now available in Australia.


    I remember Swapnote/Letterbox was ruined by people sending drawings of dicks to people, so what's different this time round?

      There are no messages to strangers via streetpass this time around. You can only get messages from friends via spotpass and even then you both have to confirm each other as friends within the game otherwise you wont get all messages ;)

    Spamming 3D photos of random crap at my friends was 90% of what I used the previous one for, so this is both saddening and useless to me. RIP Nikki.

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