The 3DS has many qualities, but arguably one of its finest features is StreetPass. Like many of Nintendo's cleverest ideas, its not particularly hi-tech or revolutionary, but by combining a charming app and mini-games with the idea of passing and 'meeting' strangers while out and about, the portable has a feature that now feels integral to the hardware.
While occasional hits on a commute are nice to have, many 3DS owners top up on puzzle pieces and brave warriors by attending events hosted by fan groups, while the mother-load often comes at any expo that involves technology, video games, comics or a mix of all three. Nintendo UK is planning to tap into both ideas with plans for a National StreetPass Day, to encourage us all — if we live near certain venues — to make the most of the feature.
Multiple events will take place on Saturday 28th September. The main meet-ups are at Waterloo Station (London) and Manchester Piccadilly, perfect if you want to hop on a train to attend. Special areas will be setup where you can get those all important hits, but also take part in 'real-life' StreetPass games — giant puzzle panels seem to be on hand. There'll also be goodie-bags to win in Mario Kart 7 and Luigi's Mansion 2 competitions; Luigi will be at the London event, meanwhile, and Oshawott, Tepig & Snivy (oh my!) will be in Manchester. There'll also be StreetPass Day stands at the Eurogamer Expo, with free Mario hats for those that show their entry wristband or badge, while some 3DS demo units will be on show at The Cycle Show at NEC Birmingham. If you're at the Eurogamer Expo, don't forget there'll be four days of StreetPass shenanigans at our very own Nintendo Life booth.
Will you be attending any of these events, or perhaps you're in a local StreetPass group that'll meet up to celebrate the day? Let us know in the comments below.