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 bonus to some games, but Nintendo is gearing up to assist those who have been struggling mightily to collect all of those pesky puzzle pieces.
Starting on 10th June and lasting until the 19th, a National StreetPass Weekend will be in effect to celebrate the E3 reveal of the new Legend of Zelda. Anyone who walks within range of one of the many Nintendo Zones around the region during this week will be able to receive up to six StreetPasses at once. Hopefully, this should help out with the aforementioned puzzle pieces, or if you're looking to fill out the full sticker collection in Kirby: Planet Robobot.
What do you think? Will you be taking advantage of this? Drop us a comment in the section below.
I find the fact that there is one cent left on this account oddly amusing.
I should probably get to sleep.
@Mega_Yarn_Poochy Haha I was going to say the same thing! Well...that means its bed time for me lol
Australia doesn't have zones. Damn.
Does anyone really care about this? Or about Streetpass in general? Maybe it's just because I almost always leave my 3ds at home, but I'm not really excited when I get a puzzle piece...
This started for me yesterday at Barnes and nobles...
@ Pluto14 well I'm one of the few that actually takes mine out from time to time and to work as well all for those puzzle pieces .. The 3D models for me are actually kool 🙂
It would be nice to have one of these in Europe too. I've noticed that nobody brings their 3DS out anymore. It's much harder to get StreetPasses than it was a couple years back. It's nice that they've made GAME a StreetPass point, but it kinda sucks that they've gotten rid of all the rest? (at least as far as I can tell)
That said, I've 100% completed all the games besides Zombies and Fishing, which I got bored of... I also ran out of interesting things to buy with my Plaza tickets...
I'm a bit late to the 3ds party, got mine in 2014, but I've long since completed everything... and have no use for street passes right now.
I've gotten all the plaza tickets and puzzle pieces... and those challenges give you nothing. And with amiibos, games have had less of a focus on street passing. I have only seen one street pass link in hyrule warriors.
This doesn't help me since the only zones here are airports and I don't go near any and I think the only other option is Best Buy and I don't live near one either
Unfortunately, StreetPass isn't as supported in Europe as it is in Japan and the US. Special mii distribution has been.. well, they haven't bothered, 13 in total I think and none again for about 19 months. The number of relay stations has been cut since the change from the O2 deal.
The games I found to be really enjoyable, but only if you spoof a relay station at home so that you can actually get hits to play. Otherwise, it's as fun as being one in the mountain of corpses that pile up at the bottom of Miitomo Drop.
@Pluto14 I bring my 3ds with me on business trips. It's kind of cool checking it everyday when you're at a hotel. I commonly play at home as well but it's kind of neat. Think it goes over better in Japan since everyone isn't as spread out.
@Pokefanmum82 Not sure where you are from but in the US McDonalds are zones as well.
@amishpyrate Canada. We used to have them at McDonalds but they changed it
@Pokefanmum82 that bites. Wonder what the thinking behind that was.
I like the idea of StreetPass and have gone out of my way to carry my 3DS with me in order to get hits. I rarely get single hits and instead rely on hot spots, which gets boring. I also need to clear the queue constantly, which hurts the experience for me. I want it to save 100+ passes in the system memory so I can save them for when I have time to properly process them.
It's a flawed setup that could and should have been improved upon over time, but they really just left it as-is and never bothered to make the core mechanics better. Also, the 3DS is a fairly bulky system (especially in a protective case), so it's not a casual portable device. I wish there was a smaller alternative, like a StreetPass USB stick that would save StreetPasses and then you later plug it into the 3DS system and see who you "met."
StreetPass also should be linked to MiiVerse at this point, or I guess Miitomo (though I don't use that). It's just this isolated software that's dated and limited. It's a shame. It had potential.
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