Monday23rd Apr 2018
He also provided the inspiration for StreetPass
Yutaka "Yoot" Saito is one of Japan's most unique game designers, having creating titles such as Seaman and Odama. Over the years he has enjoyed a close relationship with Nintendo, and was on very friendly terms with the late Satoru Iwata. Speaking at Reboot Develop 2018, Saito revealed...
Wednesday28th Feb 2018
A passing craze?
StreetPass is one of the coolest elements of the 3DS hardware and was encouraging people to venture outdoors long before Pokemon GO turned up. Sadly, Nintendo chose not to continue the service on Switch, and we're slowly but surely seeing it fade into history as the 3DS winds down. A sign of things come to has just been announced...
Friday22nd Sep 2017
Based on his real life fashion, we're sure
Nintendo's all about the virtual outfits today, as it's now confirmed that we can all have Junichi Masuda in some fetching gold pants on our 3DS systems; yes, he's a surprise visitor to StreetPlass Mii Plaza on 3DS. As 3DS veterans know, all guest Miis in the plaza wear these stylish golden pants; we like...
Tuesday11th Apr 2017
Collect up to six StreetPass tags this weekend
Apologies for the provocative headline, of course not everyone has abandoned their humble 3DS in favour of the mighty Nintendo Switch just yet! The birds are tweeting, the sun is shining, we've all done a bit of house cleaning; yes, it's finally Spring time. To celebrate Nintendo is running another...
Saturday14th Jan 2017
End of an era
The Nintendo Switch won't use Miiverse or StreetPass, it has been revealed. Both services were introduced during the Wii U and 3DS cycle, and have proven to be a hit with fans. However, according to Nintendo of America's assistant manager of public relations David Young, they won't figure in plans for the new hybrid console: I can...
Thursday24th Nov 2016
Time for hits
While StreetPass is a neat feature that's always working for us when carrying our 3DS systems around, occasionally Nintendo organises themed weekends to encourage more players to take part. Just as it did in 2015, Nintendo of America is utilising the US Thanksgiving Holiday for an event weekend throughout North America. What it...
Wednesday26th Oct 2016
Ghostbustin' with Luigi
StreetPass remains a wonderful part of the 3DS, and communities around the world give 3DS owners a chance to meet and enjoy gaming together. StreetPass UK is one example, helping to support and organise events throughout the year, and is currently running a special series of challenges. The group's Paul L. Russell has put...
Wednesday19th Oct 2016
Play for free and win prizes
StreetPass remains a wonderful part of the 3DS, and communities around the world give 3DS owners a chance to meet and enjoy gaming together. StreetPass UK is one example, helping to support and organise events throughout the year, and is currently running a special series of challenges. The group's Paul L. Russell has...
Monday10th Oct 2016
Mushvroom around Toad Circuit
Last week we shared details on a month-long StreetPass UK contest, in which gamers in the country are encouraged to tackle challenges and share their exploits in order to try and win 3DS games or eShop credit. It's a nice way for players to compete and interact with each other on Twitter. The second challenge has now...
Sunday9th Oct 2016
The Greatest Hits
Earlier this week we reported on the scaling back of Nintendo Zone areas - StreetPass Relay Points - in the UK. It used to be particularly easy to get a batch of hits in most UK shopping centres, with McDonald's and O2 stores being hugely useful sources; now GAME is the last retailer standing if you want to collect some data and...
Friday7th Oct 2016
StreetPassing is now a little harder
When Nintendo revealed StreetPass, it felt like a glimpse of the future. The ability to effortlessly share data with other 3DS owners was a forward-thinking novelty and to this very day we can't help but get excited when we see that flashing green light on our console. Nintendo made the whole process a little...
Sunday4th Sep 2016
From capitalism to near-naked Ninjas
The most recent Nintendo Direct broadcasts had a number of pleasing reveals, but one of the most satisfying for eager explorers and walkers was confirmation of a major StreetPass update. The update does multiple things; it introduces the Quick Plaza / SwiftPlay Plaza, designed to shave time off playing games and...
Thursday1st Sep 2016
Go premium or go home
For those of us still carrying our 3DS systems around with us every day, it's possible that the existing StreetPass games have run their course. An update going live today, though, adds new minigames and a couple of enhancements. For starters, it's adding Quick Plaza / SwiftPlay Plaza (as always North American and European...
Tuesday23rd Aug 2016
"So, what do you say?"
We've seen successful and doomed romances through Nintendo apps in the past, from marriage proposals made via Swapnote to a love that died too soon on Miiverse. Just recently, though, a rather charming example has emerged through StreetPass, as the big question was asked from one 3DS owner to another. Shared by Nint
Friday22nd Jul 2016
Along with a Mario Kart 7 tournament
Some of you may remember that Nintendo put on a National Streetpass Weekend in early June to celebrate the upcoming E3 extravaganza. Not ones to leave the isolated gamer out of the fun for long, they've opted to do another one that technically started yesterday. National StreetPass Weekend: Summer Edition is...
Friday10th Jun 2016
Green lights ahoy!
StreetPass is one of those features that's cool in concept, but doesn't always pan out quite the same in reality. The main barrier here is that people who live in less densely populated areas are obviously less likely to happen across somebody else who also has a 3DS. Fortunately, the feature has never been much more than a nice...
Wednesday23rd Mar 2016
Get ready to see that little green light
One of the most passive, but no less entertaining, features of the Nintendo 3DS is Streetpass. By simply walking by another individual with a 3DS, one can acquire various little extras for games that support it, and while this is admittedly a fairly marginal thing in most cases, it's still nice to see that...
Wednesday23rd Dec 2015
A 'weekend' that lasts for a week and a half
With Christmas being mere days away, travel is likely going to be a large part of the lives of countless people as they go to be with family and/or friends for the holidays. Whether you travel by planes, trains, or automobiles, it goes without saying that bringing along the trusty Nintendo 3DS is an...
Thursday26th Nov 2015
It doesn't get much better than turkey and StreetPass
It's Thanksgiving today if you're in the US, so what better time for Nintendo of America to launch a Thanksgiving National StreetPass Weekend which runs from Nov. 26th to Nov. 29th? After you fill up on turkey you can stop by any of the 29,000 Nintendo Zone hotspots scattered around North...
Tuesday27th Oct 2015
Don't forget your 3DS
We love a bit of StreetPass here at Nintendo Life and with our recent review of The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes it was our intrepid adventurer Thomas Whitehead who concluded that the game is best served as local multiplayer. The game also restricts you by only allowing you to earn 'Friendly Tokens' using the...
Stalking almost 30,000 locations
This weekend Nintendo of America is holding a special StreetPass event to mark the arrival of the scariest day of the year. No, we're not talking about New Year's Eve, but Halloween. Dropping by one of the 29.000 Nintendo Zone hotspots across North America between October 30th and November 1st could bag you up to...
Thursday28th May 2015
Best Buy also hosting a special StreetPass event this weekend
Nintendo of America occasionally throws some extra details into its Nintendo Download Update press release, one of which is promoting a current Splatoon sweepstakes on Miiverse. It's one for creative gamers that fancy sharing a drawing for the shooter on the social network, and it's...
Monday27th Apr 2015
Hits, games and cake in San Diego
In this special feature Nintendo Life contributor Alan Lopez shares his experience of a day with the San Diego StreetPass group. What do you get when you Google "StreetPass groups"? If you're searching in the land of Nintendo of America, Facebook pages for "StreetPass Chicago", "StreetPass NYC" and other cities...
Monday20th Apr 2015
200cc mode is the focus
This week sees the release of the second Mario Kart 8 DLC pack, which brings new racers, circuits and vehicles to the Wii U's premier racing title. However, for many players these additions pale in comparison to the pack's most important feature: the introduction of a blazingly-fast 200cc race class
Friday17th Apr 2015
An existential crisis wrapped in awesome Nintendo cutesy style
Here's a tale of the lengths that editorial director Damien McFerran and editor Tom Whitehead went to in order to test out the new StreetPass games - StreetPass Zombies / Battleground Z and StreetPass Fishing / Ultimate Angler. Due to working in a small UK town and not Tokyo, added to...
Grumpy in North America and Japan, but chilled out in Europe. What gives?
Yesterday saw the launch of not one but two new 3DS StreetPass games, and triggered a rush of Nintendo fans opening their consoles and handing over digital funds for both titles. However, depending on which region you're in, you will have gotten a slightly different reaction...
Thursday16th Apr 2015
So says the StreetPass rabbit in the UK
For fans of StreetPass, who like to gather hits where possible and spend a surprising amount of time clearing the charming games on offer, today's a rather happy day. Two fresh games are available - Ultimate Angler / StreetPass Fishing and Battleground Z / StreetPass Zombies. These can be bought individually...
The return of gold-pants Reggie Fils-Aime
Last week Nintendo of Europe confirmed its plans for International StreetPass Week, which is utilising Nintendo Zone and StreetPass Relay hotspots in the region for special distributions and events. It's an opportunity to pick up special Mii characters from around the world, handily timed to coincide with...
Wednesday8th Apr 2015
StreetPass Fishing, StreetPass Zombies and premium service due soon
Nintendo used its Direct broadcasts last week to announce that there are two new StreetPass games on the way - StreetPass Fishing / Ultimate Angler and StreetPass Zombies / Battleground Z - in addition to the StreetPass Mii Plaza Premium option that adds some extra Mii features...
Thursday2nd Apr 2015
Fish and fight zombies with your StreetPass pals, or open a VIP room
During today's Nintendo Direct it has been confirmed that two new StreetPass Mii Plaza games are being released. Ultimate Angler (StreetPass Fishing in Europe) is, as the title suggests, a fishing-based title. You'll find 150 fishes and monsters contained within. Battleground Z...