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Topic: What's the range of Streetpass?

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ReifuTD

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I was thinking about this, I'm not sure of it was said or not but how close do you have to be for the Streetpass thing to work? In the trailers they show ir working when people walk past eachother so it has to atleast work with in five feet. But what about driving around in a car and passing cars and people on the street? It would have to have a twenty foot range to pick those people's 3DS's up.

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brandonbwii

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The only thing that seems to make Streetpass SOMEWHAT pointless is Spotpass. If you'll eventually be able to receive messages from friends and first/third-parties online automatically, will anyone really care what passing by a random person will offer?

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The range would be the range of the wireless radio installed

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ReifuTD

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brandonbwii wrote:

The only thing that seems to make Streetpass SOMEWHAT pointless is Spotpass. If you'll eventually be able to receive messages from friends and first/third-parties online automatically, will anyone really care what passing by a random person will offer?

I thought Streetpass has mini games that give you points by passing someone. Then you use those points for DLC and 3DSware games. If I understand it right.

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@ReifuTD You do get those coins, but trust me, Nintendo will NOT give us that kinda stuff for free. I think you use them in games or something.

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LordJumpMad

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brandonbwii wrote:

The only thing that seems to make Streetpass SOMEWHAT pointless is Spotpass. If you'll eventually be able to receive messages from friends and first/third-parties online automatically, will anyone really care what passing by a random person will offer?

Sadly, this is The one Flaw about Spotpass.
It Highly unlikey to run pass a bunch of people with a 3DS,
If We live in Japan, Stpotpass would be more fun to use, and more likey to run into someone with a 3DS.

Nintendo have try this Spotpass meny times with the Gameboy and DS before but, they never got any used.
Remeber The Gameboy Color? it had a Stoppass also, only used of it was for Pokemon G/S

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Oregano

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But Nintendo put Gamecoins and the pedometer in there to encourage people to carry the device with them, it has a benefit and then the streetpass stuff is automatic.

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ReifuTD

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Xkhaoz wrote:

@ReifuTD You do get those coins, but trust me, Nintendo will NOT give us that kinda stuff for free. I think you use them in games or something.

I wouldn't be shocked if theres something where you can turn coins into points. But yeah it would be something like 1000 coins buys 1 point 100 points=1.00$. But if you really try you may get enough coins to buy 5 or 10 dollars worth of points in a year. So Nintendo could do it (not just them since DLC in games should use points too). Kind of like giving people a gift card for continuing to use their product and carrying it with you. After all if I understand the thinking right more people who carry 3DSs everywhere the better the experience for everyone that has one.

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HolyMackerel

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I imagine the range of StreetPass will be the range of the wireless signal the 3DS emits, which is a maximum of a few hundred feet according to one NL article IIRC. That should be plenty far for its purposes.

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The only thing that seems to make Streetpass SOMEWHAT pointless is Spotpass. If you'll eventually be able to receive messages from friends and first/third-parties online automatically, will anyone really care what passing by a random person will offer?

SpotPass is an entirely different animal from StreetPass with a different purpose. SpotPass is for communicating with specific people (say, a friend on your friend list) and also for downloading content, much like WiiConnect24. StreetPass is for general interest in the strangers, colleagues and friends around you. It's voyeuristic for sure, but in a good-natured way (unlike the NGP's Near, which seems like it could be a little too invasive imo). But if you couldn't care less about the people around you - and you don't seem to - then naturally it won't do anything for you. It will be appreciated in Asian cities for sure.

I think StreetPass has great potential to introduce new ways to play portable games.

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Sadly, this is The one Flaw about Spotpass.
It Highly unlikey to run pass a bunch of people with a 3DS,

Yeah. Depends where you live though. Highly populated areas like cities will be great for it. I can see it being used a lot in Tokyo, Seoul, Hong Kong, Singapore and a lot of European cities.

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Nintendo have try this Spotpass meny times with the Gameboy and DS before but, they never got any used.
Remeber The Gameboy Color? it had a Stoppass also, only used of it was for Pokemon G/S

Actually StreetPass is different from tag mode - mainly because you don't need the specific game card in your DS all the time. It's no wonder it never worked with Pokemon or DS games like Nintendogs or Metroid Prime Hunters, since you don't always keep those game cards in your device. With the 3DS, StreetPass will activate every time you pass any person with a 3DS, regardless of what game card they are using. You just need two 3DSes in standby mode near one another and it works. It's much better thought out than tag mode was.

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ReifuTD

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HolyMackerel wrote:

I imagine the range of StreetPass will be the range of the wireless signal the 3DS emits, which is a maximum of a few hundred feet according to one NL article IIRC. That should be plenty far for its purposes.

Wow, thats like walking down the street and picking up someone's 3DS sitting in thier house no matter where they put it down. What would be the best I would hope StreetPass would work. I don't know if you have to get closer to activate the mini games that StreetPass runs.

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HolyMackerel

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Yeah, it would be amazing if it was that far. I remember one NL article saying 300 feet maximum but that distance would vary depending on the environment, so walls could reduce the signal for example. This article says it has a recommended distance of 98.4 feet though and it's the most recent I could find.

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i remember it was like 90 feet....i just don't remember where i saw it.

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Oh, there it is.

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Keroro1979

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I suppose it depends where you live. Obviously youre going to get more out of it in built up areas, but its still a sweet little addition. I always carry my DSi and PSP round with me, and Ive heard quite a few people say the same thing.

Especially useful at Game shows / conventions (MCM Expo, iSeries etc).

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zezhyrule

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Doesn't really matter to me anyway. I don't carry my handhelds around in my pocket unless I am specifically taking it to a certain place to play or whatever, and besides that in my town... You don't really walk around anywhere, except in Walmart maybe :P

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brandonbwii

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@holy
I love the idea of Streetpass and hope it get lots of range. I have plenty of friends who plan on getting a 3DS. You mentioned I may not like people around me but I do. I'm quite fine with it. My kid is getting a 3DS and a lot of his friends carry around DSis so I'm guessing they'll eventually upgrade and learn to use Streetpass, so there's the chance I'll receive SOMETHING from the younger set when I get my kid from school, soccer practice etc.

The only concern I have with Streetpass is that it's so hyped yet Spotpass sounds like it could be more convienient as you receive content straight through internet wi-fi. I was just wondering what was the point in having both functions?

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Keroro1979

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Streetpass is the part that connects with other users. Spotpass is the part that connects to wifi spots, so they both have different uses.

It looks like Ninentdo is doing all it can to get people to be mobile with their 3DS - between this and the Play Coins, there is plenty of incentive to take the system out with you. Brilliant.

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if you go to a store with a 3ds... (Target) you can get a free street pass parson you have to walk around the 3ds for awhile though... :)

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