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SpillPass-Pi Could be a Clever Workaround for All The StreetPass Hits You Need

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Gives you your own personal Nintendo Zone

For those that haven't heard of it, the Raspberry Pi is a computer that, slowly and surely, could be a revolution in computing. It's a super-cheap computer that comes only as a circuit board with some connectors and ports, and it's up to individuals to plug it into a monitor, keyboard and internet connection. The crux is that it it costs less than a retail Wii U game — or retail 3DS game, for that matter — and its bare-bones OS is designed to challenge owners to learn how to code for themselves.

As an educational device and a possible means to get computers into the hands of some of the poorest people in the world, it has huge potential, and plenty of tech-minded individuals have spent the past year or more doing clever things with the humble hardware. We can add SpillPass-Pi to the list of innovations, as a 3DS owner has a method of turning your home internet connection into a personal Nintendo Zone; what that means is that you can enjoy picking up StreetPass hits to tackle those 3D puzzles and quests.

It's been confirmed that the recent StreetPass Relay system — that gives multiple hits at once — works with this setup, and due to the software "SpillPass Pi now offers 12 StreetPasses about every 8 – 10 minutes." The only snag is that when using it you'll need to clear out your home Wi-Fi settings and just leave those for the Pi-powered tool, so it may be something you do in short bursts when hits are needed.

It's a clever and slightly mischievous creation, but we should point out that there's no modding to the 3DS itself. This is just a Nintendo Zone in the home.

If you want to learn more about how it works, check out www.spillmonkey.com.

[via spillmonkey.com]

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User Comments (29)

rjejr

#2

rjejr said:

Wow, you're covering this? Seems quite, in the gray area to say the least. Though I'm rushing out the door no time to read maybe it has Nintnedo's blessing? Who wouldn't love Nintnedo Zone in the home?

GuSolarFlare

#4

GuSolarFlare said:

I thought that it was just making a connection called attwifi to have a personal Nintendo zone.... it works for me.....

6ch6ris6

#6

6ch6ris6 said:

i dont get it.
where do the streetpass hits come from? do these nintendo zones give you streetpass hits? i havent seen any nintendo zone in my area yet. where does the nintendo zone get its streetpass hits from? from then internet?
i dont get it lol

zipmonStaff

#7

zipmon said:

Ha, that's awesome! I've got a RaspberryPi at home that I still haven't touched - still trying to think up the ideal use for it. I get StreetPass hits pretty consistently where I live now, and I like the "local" aspect of it, so I don't think this is for me - but still a way cool concept!

Unca_LzStaff

#10

Unca_Lz said:

Or you can take your 3DS to a Nintendo Zone and get 9 Streetpasses starting now :)

hypercoyote

#13

hypercoyote said:

I'm surprised to see this reported on here too. I take advantage of the "HomePass" due to the fact that it's not really feasible to make multiple trips to McDonald's or the AT&T store (only two places in my town) to get the hits I need to do anything in my games. But I feel it falls in a grey area as I'm sure the point of partnering with those places was increased traffic to their establishments.

AlbertoC

#14

AlbertoC said:

In the UNAM (Mexico's national autonomous university), at the faculty of engineering (where I have finished my studies and have almost graduated as of now) Arduino is more popular because of the lower level of programming it offers: as it is a microcontroller (put in simple terms, a microprocessor mounted on a circuit board with with just some other circuits and ports connected: a subset of what a computer has) with a lot of add-on modules, it is versatile enough to be used for electronic and computer engineers alike. We could buy the ethernet or VGA port add-ons, while keeping the module attractive and affordable for those who just want an automated control system, a sensing interface, an independent data-output device (such as 8-segment displays) or something similar. They also offer courses on what to do with an Arduino and how to write code for it, and even when it is extremely cheap, they sometimes offer some sponsoring.

On the other hand, while the same vendors who carry the Arduino also sell the Raspberry Pi, they are less popular, not supported by the faculty, a bit more expensive and a lot less documented (although it's nothing Google can't fix).

While i know what Nintendo Zone is, on my 3DS i have tucked away that "useless" icon (alongside Face Raiders and safety info), since it's very unlikely i will ever use it. Unless i buy a raspberry pi / some other alternative for setting up a Nintendo Zone at home, that is.

Hyperstar96

#15

Hyperstar96 said:

@6ch6ris6 Maybe if you stopped asking questions and did more research, you'd know.
That wasn't necessary. Please stop — TBD

For anyone who wants to know: Nintendo Zones don't actually store any StreetPasses; they instead send data from nearby 3DS to Nintendo's servers, and Nintendo then sends the data back to the Nintendo Zone. A computer using StreetPass Relay essentially tricks Nintendo (and everything else) into thinking it's an already-existing Nintendo Zone. When the real zone sends data to Nintendo, Nintendo sends the data back to that zone and a copy of it to the "duplicate" zone. One way to think of this is that you're not creating your own Nintendo Zone, but instead moving another zone into your own home.

eza

#17

eza said:

I enjoy these occasional articles - without them NL might just seem to be nothing more than a mouthpiece for Nintendo.
Anything that could be defined by Nintendo as an "unauthorised technical modification" always piques my interest :-)

Thanks for the info - I don't have a Pi but do plan to get one when I have some spare time to tinker.

TeeJay

#18

TeeJay said:

I've never heard of this pi thing before in my life, and here everyone is talking about what they're gonna do with theirs like its a common thing, lol.

tripunktoj

#20

tripunktoj said:

Isnt it easier the old method where you just change the SSID of your home network to "attwifi" and disable security (wep, wpa encryption, etc) for a while? I managed to get streetpass hits from this (only from 3DSs that "streetpassed" my router before)

Shadowflash

#21

Shadowflash said:

@TeeJay It's been out for a while. Usually people who are into that kind of stuff have already heard of them. (BTW, I have one :D)

FJOJR

#22

FJOJR said:

I kinda always wished Nintendo would make the Wii U a Streetpass hub.

nomeacuerdo

#23

nomeacuerdo said:

If I were barely interested in getting a Pi, I think that creating a streetpasser wouldn't be worth the time spent o that.

9th_Sage

#24

9th_Sage said:

Actually, uh...you don't need a Raspberry Pi for this. You can do it with most routers, really. That's about all I'll say about that, heh.

ThumperUK

#27

ThumperUK said:

@TeeJay
Raspberry Pi is from a British company, so it is best known over here. However it is available around the world (in the US the machine costs $25 or $35 depending on the model).
Google Raspberry Pi for more info, the aim of the project is to re-ignite people's imagination and programming abilities (which old-er people like me remember in the 80's but is not so common now). CNet has a fun article about 25 fun things to do with the Pi, on the raspberypi.org site there is an article about projects, some really intruiging ones using 3D printers to create Pi-powered devices.

This isn't the best of explanations, but I hope this helps.

Windy

#28

Windy said:

I got a raspberry Pi last year for Christmas I still havent hooked it up. I used to be into those things but not as much anymore. Maybe I will look into this

KnightRider666

#29

KnightRider666 said:

This is crazy. I'd love to have this set-up. I go to my local Starbucks almost daily just to get my multiple street pass hits.

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