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 ultimately means is that from 24th-28th November you should be able to grab some extra hits from Nintendo Zone hotspots, in addition to getting the usual online access. Here's the blurb from Nintendo's Download Update press release.
Celebrate the tastiest holiday of the year (and the four-day weekend that comes with it) with National StreetPass Weekend: Thanksgiving Edition. From Nov. 24 through Nov. 28, you can stop by any of 29,000+ Nintendo Zone hotspots across North America with your Nintendo 3DS family system to get the goods on games with StreetPass features and enjoy network services such as online gameplay with a free automatic-Internet connection.
Of course, for many hitting the shops on the upcoming weekend is an annual tradition, so it's worth keeping a 3DS handy. In any case, not many will have likely finished the most recent additions to the StreetPass minigame line-up, so this could be a decent chance to make some progress. You can check Hotspot locations on this official website.
For those of you in the US celebrating the Holiday, Happy Thanksgiving from everyone at Nintendo Life.
Sweet! I love streetpassinh
I love it when StreetPassing only works for one region. It's my favortie thing!
i rarley street pass people
I normally just go to my local McDonald's now and then to get some hits. When I am traveling I end up getting a lot at airports or hotels. What does the special weekend mean? I get special visitors if I go to a McDonalds or something, or do I need certain games to take advantage like Pokémon?
@JohnBlackstar It means that you don't necessarily get people that visited the same NZ you are in now. You can pick up tags from people all over the country who walked into their local NZ, even if said NZ is hundreds or even thousands of miles from you.
Lately I get an average of 1 streetpass hit a month, since I live in a land desolate of gamers. Still, I love the idea behind streetpass and I hope Nintendo brings it to newer generations.
It may be rare, but it sometimes even work as an excuse to meet new people.
@techotreegrass Thank you for the response! I noticed that sometimes I will get international visitors even on normal weeks. I wonder why that is unless I just happen to have a McD's by me that gets Japanese, Irish, Spanish visitors all in one day. I like streetpass, but I too see it as a missed opportunity. There is not really a way to interact with those people unless I rate them as Fantastic or write a special message in case we meet again. Nintendo needs to up their community features to meet Xbox/PS standards.
Strange... I went by the Best Buy that usually acts as my Nintendo Zone of choice, but nothing happened. And the "partner's links" on Nintendo's site only act as a regular store locator, with no indication of whether the store has, uh... stopped being a Nintendo Zone? I guess?
@Genesaur Same here. Best Buy used to give me up to nine hits in one visit but I have gotten 0 the last two times I have been there. I still get plenty from McDonald's and Burger King though.
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