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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