E3 2013: Nintendo Makes Streetpass Easier

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

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Streetpass Just Got a Lot Bigger

If you live in one of the less populated areas of America or Europe, as I do, then you may not be taking full advantage of your 3DS’ Streetpass feature. For areas where the population is spread out, it’s just not easy to get a Streetpass. Until now.

Nintendo is planning a system update to make Streetpassing easier for us poor country folk. According to Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata, “Previously the StreetPass feature required multiple Nintendo 3DS systems in Sleep Mode to be in the same location at the same time, but in this framework, you can exchange data with others by visiting the same location even at a different time, so we can certainly expect the use rate of the StreetPass feature to grow significantly.”

Certain Wi-Fi access points will note your 3DS’ presence whenever you pass by them. Then when others pass by them, they can Streetpass with you, regardless of the time. Personally I think this is a great feature. I’ve never gotten a single Streetpass since I bought my 3DS. Here’s hoping I can get some now!


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  • Knuxie

    As someone who has 755 street passes… I say bring it!

  • Randy_Thompson

    I used to get a TON of Streetpasses every day when I was in college. Then again, going to an animation school helped with the gamers per capita. Now that I don’t go to a building with a ton of gamers, I only Streetpass two people who live in my apartment building – and they NEVER have new puzzle pieces >.< Hopefully this will finally get me those elusive pink pieces!

    • Jonah Rosen

      Same here, I used to get about 5 people every day I went to class, yet now I only get two random guys who probably take the bus right next to my place, plus my cousin who owns my older 3DS.

  • I get so many street passes it gets annoying to check 10 at a time, how about raising the cap to 100 so I don’t have to check every 5 minutes at a convention or at school. -.-

  • William Matthews

    It’s about time I was hoping for this

  • Ghabulous Ghoti

    I’ve had nearly 2000 now… Symphony of the Goddesses helped, but nearly everyone at my school who is at all nerdy brings theirs every day, even some of the science teachers…

    • Linkachu

      It took me forever to go through my Symphony of the Goddesses Miis.

  • MagmarFire

    Holy frick, this is amazing… :O

  • Eric Faulkner

    When the last system update would not install on my Legend of Zelda 3DS I had to format my system. I lost all my Street Pass data in the process. I don’t think I have touched the Wii Plaza since.

  • James Best

    Finally, maybe now I can get those stinking pink puzzle pieces.

  • HPN

    Fuck, I live in SF and in the past year+, I think I’ve gotten 1 total…

  • Warboss Aohd

    an’ now it potentially workz.

  • smacd

    I live near a major city, but even then I’m lucky to get more than a couple tags a week. I pretty much intentionally have to go hang out at the mall or something to get a few. Although it is pretty amusing when I get a tag while sitting in rush hour traffic on the way home. I’ve always wondered if getting a tag while driving was possible, but I think the contact might be too short unless you’re traveling next to them on the freeway for awhile.

    The best time I had getting tags was at Comic Con. But its annoying to have to check every 5 minutes to let people in and take care of puzzle swap and find mii. Pissed the fiancee off with how much I was doing it.

    Kinda wondering then if the new WIFI tag versions will apply to more people, and where these WIFI spots will be. GameStops and McDonalds and Starbucks?