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TrippinTrancer

We live in a rural area and as of last week, we no longer get StreetPasses on our 5 3DS systems. For some reason, there was only one article online about Nintendo shutting down the "attwifi" relays overseas. No one seems to want to put a call out to Nintendo to restore this functionality. Even if only on a minor scale. Now, our 3DS systems only streetpass each other, making those purchased games (such as Monster Manor) pretty much boring. Is Nintendo fazing out the 3DS? If so, why bother releasing a "new" 2DS and a "new" 3DS last year? I believe it would be prudent for Nintendo to continue the relays so that we may continue enjoying our expensive little systems.

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LuckyLand

@TrippinTrancer it is not prudent for customers to buy games and things that rely too much on external resources other than the console itself. This is why I hate games that heavily focuses on online gaming for example. Sooner or later you will get this kind of problems. On 3DS (and other systems as well) I have only bought games that I was sure I would have enjoyed without any external resource required. I would not be able to enjoy a game that requires other resources even when those are availeble, because I would always think about this problem.
There are games on 3DS that can be fun and interesting without any interaction with other consoles. If this is your only problem with the 3DS and are willing to keep using it aside from that you probably just need to change your criteria for the games you choose.

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TrippinTrancer wrote:

If so, why bother releasing a "new" 2DS and a "new" 3DS last year? I believe it would be prudent for Nintendo to continue the relays so that we may continue enjoying our expensive little systems.

Because Streetpass makes up less than 2% of what the 3DS can do.

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I have Two 3DS XL: Old 3DS XL & New 3DS XL.
I can Always got Street Pass & Spot Pass easily.

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TrippinTrancer

@LuckyLand Ah, but see, there you have a different outlook on what is fun and is not. My wife only plays puzzle-type and platform games. She has several that are hard copies. However, she has beaten them and now enjoys playing Monster Manor because you can just keep going. If you happen to beat the game, it is easy to go and reset the saved stats and start over. Plus, this game is quite entertaining to play again and again. The value of replay on ANY game is important.
Plus, it is fun to StreetPass different people and send messages. As for @Anti-Matter, you must live in a big city or something where alot of people have systems. We carry our systems all over town and get one pass from some kid's system over the course of a month. In fact, my system has received zero in the month of March from anyone living around here, even though I have carried it with me to over 20 restaurants and stores. We used to get a StreetPass from the Toys'R'Us demo unit, but they tore their systems out (the store is closing.)

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the_shpydar

Fun Fact: No one cares about Streetpass these days.

Barely anyone cared about it even during the height of the 3DS popularity.

Plus, Streetpass is/was essentially rubbish, and if it never had existed, nothing of value would have been lost.

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That's not entirely true. There were some areas where Streetpass was huge, but sadly even those eventually stopped.

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Heavyarms55

Streetpass was by far one of my favorite features of the 3DS, and it was HUGE in Japan. When I first cam here about 5 years ago just walking to the local convenience store would net me 4-8 streetpasses even in rural Shiga. In big cities like Kyoto it was like the entire city was a convention, you could get hundreds in a day if you kept up with it. But unfortunately all good things come to an end eventually. Today, even in Japan, getting 10 streetpass in one day, even in Kyoto is difficult.

I have to say I really enjoyed that most McDonald's in America had the streetpass function. I used to actually stop at them deliberately, just buy a coke and get my streetpasses. But I imagine Nintendo had numbers behind how much use the service was getting and once it consistently dropped off they decided to phase it out.

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TrippinTrancer

@the_shpydar must be a person that doesn't consider that other people like different things. Calling it rubbish is like wiping before you poop. It doesn't make any sense, UNLESS everyone agrees with you. Our house of five love the streetpass feature, if we can use the relay service. Now, it kinda sucks. So much for making these DD-WRT routers sing.

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OdnetninAges

I mean, I love StreetPass. I recently got the DLC Pack 1 for Mii Plaza so I could enjoy those games before the relay points get shut down in North America. (Interestingly, there has been no official statement for NA yet.)

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LzWinky

TrippinTrancer wrote:

@the_shpydar must be a person that doesn't consider that other people like different things. Calling it rubbish is like wiping before you poop. It doesn't make any sense, UNLESS everyone agrees with you. Our house of five love the streetpass feature, if we can use the relay service. Now, it kinda sucks. So much for making these DD-WRT routers sing.

Sadly very few people care about it anymore. I doubt you would have gotten that many at this point. It was huge several years ago, but not anymore.

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Maxz

I don't think it's necessary to rubbish the entire concept of StreetPass in order accept the reality of it being phased out.

It was great. One of the most novel and entertaining aspects of the 3DS. But the feature was brought into the world over 7 years ago, which in technological year makes it ancient. I dread to think how many iPhones have lived and died in that time.

So even though I think it's fantastic, I accept that its time is now very limited. It's now almost impossible to find people to connect Tamagochi with, simply because it's old tech that has fallen out of fashion, and I expect the 3DS will go the same way in nearly all its communicative abilities.

So yeah, sad, but it's had a good run really. I'll certainly look back on my StreetPass library with fond memories.

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I really enjoyed StreetPass and many of the games. Sadly now the only place you can get any hits (in the UK) is in GAME shops. TBH It's the ONLY reason to visit GAME nowadays

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Tasuki

Honestly Street pass was a cool idea but I don't know maybe its my area or what but I seldom got any street passes. The only exception is when I went to vacation spots with alot of people like Amusement parks and such. I even went to New York this past summer walked all over Manhattan, went to Central Park, Grand Central etc and only got a few Street Pass hits.

It just makes me think that people just don't use it anymore.

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