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How Important Is StreetPass To You?

By aquizero on Aug 16 2012 09:17 PM
The ability to instantly share information with other Nintendo 3DS owners, as you pass by them on the street, is an innovative concept. StreetPass is an exclusive feature that makes this type of interaction possible. From the moment the 3DS debuted, 3DS owners have been exchanging StreetPass data worldwide. StreetPass provides a unique and fun experience for all. Just by passing by other 3DS owners, you can collect puzzle pieces to complete 3D panels, import their Mii characters to populate your Mii Plaza, exchange game information and even recruit others to join you in battle in an effort to save your Mii, who has been imprisoned by evil foes.

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When I first purchased my 3DS, I was ecstatic whenever I saw the soft glow of the green StreetPass notification light! I would quickly look to see who was at my StreetPass Mii Plaza gate. I'll admit it, I still light up whenever I see the pulsating glow of the green light, but with less enthusiasm. Let me explain why.

Due to the fact that I have many of my StreetPass puzzles nearly complete, my chance of obtaining needed puzzle pieces are rare. Now, with the recent introduction of pink puzzle pieces, I am forced to StreetPass in order to complete newer puzzle panels. I used to save up play coins so I could spend them all at once for puzzle pieces, but it is not possible to use that method for the pink puzzle pieces. I do understand where Nintendo was headed though, with the inclusion of the pink pieces. They wanted a way to ensure that consumers had more incentive to keep coming back to their 3DS for a longer period of time; a reason to always carry their device with them. This surely does not benefit everyone though. That said, all of this can be accepted and possibly just overlooked since the StreetPass Mii Plaza is, in fact, an optional experience that is incorporated into the StreetPass feature.

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What does seem to leave a stale taste in my mouth, is the mini-games that use StreetPass to unlock items, outfits etc. Those incentives are lost to someone who lives in an area where either not enough people have a 3DS, or they just do not carry their device with them as it was intended. I will say that I have had Mario Tennis Open since its release on May 20th and have only received one StreetPass for this game. It is a bit disappointing since there are costumes that can only be unlocked by utilizing StreetPass; a lot of costumes. Even Theatrhythm Final Fantasy, for example, allows more StreetPass sharing data such as Dark Notes, beautiful ProfiCards and even trophies. I have received a few StreetPasses for Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7, which I can imagine is solely based on the popularity of those franchises. StreetPass data from those two games however, are mainly a ghost to race against or a score to beat.

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My point is, as fun as this feature is at times, it is flawed. When the rewards you receive from StreetPass are insignificant, you do not feel the burn as much if you rarely get the chance to see that green light of hope. However, when rewards are high, this feature just seems catered towards other regions, where there are many more opportunities to collect and share StreetPass data. I would love to see the day when StreetPass and SpotPass are used together by all game developers. This could bridge the gap for players who never, or seldom make use of StreetPass by having a single download via SpotPass. This would be an excellent way to allow everyone to enjoy these “exclusive” rewards.

So, how important is StreetPass to you? Would you like to see SpotPass used in conjunction with StreetPass?


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Benjamin is a true gaymer. For nearly a decade, his interest in Nintendo has grown exponentially! He's not extremely skilled at any particular genre of games, but mostly enjoys RPG, strategy, and fighting games. His true obsession within the Nintendo universe is Pokémon, followed closely by Zelda. Ever since he watched the first episode of Pokémon, he's been hooked. To this day, he plays the main-series Pokémon games and watches the anime religiously. He's as close as it comes to being a Pokémon Master. His true passion for Nintendo makes him excited to write new topics for you!

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Comments: 52

I love StreetPass. Living in Atlanta near an international airport, I always get passes from people all over the world.
I've actually been pretty lucky living in Melbourne and very close to the city, I tend to venture into the big smoke at least once a week. There, StreetPass a plenty greets me especially on days like tomorrow when NSMB2 is launched and there's a launch party at The Nintendo Experience.

Going to Japan in 4 weeks and especially Tokyo Game Show, I imagine the StreetPass will be ridiculous with tons of new people every hour! I'll be genuinely surprised if this isn't the case. It would be cool for Nintendo to incorporate StreetPass with SpotPass but this might detract from their vision of encouraging people to leave the confines of their house and be social :)
At first, i didnt care about StreetPass much. But i have changed my mind on it. I actually like the concept, but i do wish developers used SpotPass more.

When i first got my 3DS, i rarely got tags. But, i have found that WalMart is one of the best places in my area to get tags. A shopping mall is a close 2nd. But on a recent road trip, i actually picked up 2 tags from passing cars on the Interstate, and 5 tags at rest stops in 4 different states. That renewed my interest in the StreetPass feature.
StreetPass is truly a fun feature I will admit that. I wish I knew of one area that I would be able to guarantee a few StreetPasses. I am baffled that the staff at places like my local Gamestop do not bring in their 3DS's. I know if I worked at a game store I would.

One day in the near future I hope to take a trip to New York and the Nintendo Store + Pokemon Center in hopes to see cool things and get a better amount of StreetPasses
I love the streetpass feature but spotpass would be cool too like if they set it up to where if you dont get a streetpass in a certain amount of days you get a spotpass mii.. unfortunatly not many ppl here own 3ds's.. i know college campuses, malls, and gaming stores (like the ones that have magic night or other card games) have at least one person with a 3ds.. but i dont have too much room to complain i have pretty much every puzzle done except mario tennis (2 pink pieces left) the kirby one and the recently released nsmb2 one.. but those are meant to take time too guys dont forget that
Honestly, I would barely even notice if Nintendo decided to remove the StreetPass feature. I hardly ever pass anybody, and I don't bother with the Mii thing.

View PostChris, on 17 August 2012 - 11:46 AM, said:

Honestly, I would barely even notice if Nintendo decided to remove the StreetPass feature. I hardly ever pass anybody, and I don't bother with the Mii thing.

That is the bad thing. Some people do not get to enjoy this feature, which is what I like the idea of them using SpotPass to help those unfortunate people.
Personally, I don't really care anyway. It isn't a terribly amazing feature.

View PostChris, on 17 August 2012 - 01:19 PM, said:

Personally, I don't really care anyway. It isn't a terribly amazing feature.

Oh? That is too bad. So I assume you do not even bother keeping your 3DS with you on idle?
I love streetpass. I live in Pennsylvania where i rarely pass someone, but i do go to nintendo world occasionaly and have seen that it is a big thing over there. The only problem there is that you get so many streetpasses that you finish getting all the pieces and hats. This cause you to bore, but it does make you look pretty cool at school when people see you completed everything. I think they should have some sort of state challenge with streetpass. Maybe a state or country pannel or hat would be nice. If you ever go to neww york i recomend going on a game release or a tournament, You get bunches of streetpasses and the best kid icarus weapon gems.

View Postaquizero, on 17 August 2012 - 01:33 PM, said:

Oh? That is too bad. So I assume you do not even bother keeping your 3DS with you on idle?

Usually not.
Great article, Ben.

Basically, I like it.

I don't think it's flawed, but there are improvements that can be made. As far as people living in a less-populated area, that's just the nature of the beast. Nintendo didn't develop this feature with the "does Johnny boy live in Pig Knuckle, Arkansas?" mentality. If they did, I don't see how they would have even been able to incorporate that variable into the concept.

What would be pretty neat, is if you could use Play Coins to purchase "random" Miis from around the world. Something like that would be pretty neat in my opinion. Something like that would give everyone a great experience. It would be nice to see something like that as an option. You could purchase in-state Miis for a certain amount of Play Coins and out-of-state/ country Miis for even more. I don't know, that's just a simple though when I think about how the Mii Plaza could potentially be improves. And for those who are able to StreetPass new Miis because they live in a more-populated area, they would simply just not use the feature unless they wanted to.

I'm OK with the current daily Play Coin accrual. I'd also like to see more puzzles. There's no reason why we can't already have fifty, or even one-hundred puzzle panels lined up waiting for us. Heck, why not have the ability to unlock puzzles on our own once we complete a certain amount. This would allow us to go about at our own pace.

Those are just a few thoughts that come immediately to mind.

View PostKevin, on 18 August 2012 - 05:08 PM, said:

What would be pretty neat, is if you could use Play Coins to purchase "random" Miis from around the world. Something like that would be pretty neat in my opinion. Something like that would give everyone a great experience. It would be nice to see something like that as an option. You could purchase in-state Miis for a certain amount of Play Coins and out-of-state/ country Miis for even more. I don't know, that's just a simple though when I think about how the Mii Plaza could potentially be improves. And for those who are able to StreetPass new Miis because they live in a more-populated area, they would simply just not use the feature unless they wanted to.

I really like this idea. That would be awesome. That would give us yet another reason to use our play coins. Giving us control over the "random" SpotPass that I was discussing. Though it could work in the same manner because they would probably use SpotPass to distribute the Mii. Hmmm... now I am overly excited for this to come to fruition. All they could do if give us an option (on or off) to allow our StreetPass Mii Plaza Mii to be distributed randomly over SpotPass.

Ok I need to calm down but still, it would be AMAZING!

View Postdswag, on 18 August 2012 - 12:55 AM, said:

I love streetpass. I live in Pennsylvania where i rarely pass someone, but i do go to nintendo world occasionaly and have seen that it is a big thing over there. The only problem there is that you get so many streetpasses that you finish getting all the pieces and hats. This cause you to bore, but it does make you look pretty cool at school when people see you completed everything. I think they should have some sort of state challenge with streetpass. Maybe a state or country pannel or hat would be nice. If you ever go to neww york i recomend going on a game release or a tournament, You get bunches of streetpasses and the best kid icarus weapon gems.

You been to Nintendo World? You mean in New York? I am from Pennsylvania too and I have been meaning to get up to New York to see if I could get more puzzle panels. I dunno if I would want all of them to be completed in one visit but I am missing some and it is becoming an eye sore. :(
In response to Aquizero aka Ben. I got to Nintendo world in New York almost everyweek. I live in east stroudsburg pa so it takes me about 2 hours to get to newyork. If you do plan on going i would recomend checking the website and seeing if there are any events that are happening. This month is great for friday since there giving out series 2 kid icarus cards for participating. Just make sure you get there before 6:00. I usually leave around 3:00 to avoid rush hour traffic. Hope this helps :)

View Postdswag, on 21 August 2012 - 01:51 PM, said:

In response to Aquizero aka Ben. I got to Nintendo world in New York almost everyweek. I live in east stroudsburg pa so it takes me about 2 hours to get to newyork. If you do plan on going i would recomend checking the website and seeing if there are any events that are happening. This month is great for friday since there giving out series 2 kid icarus cards for participating. Just make sure you get there before 6:00. I usually leave around 3:00 to avoid rush hour traffic. Hope this helps :)

Wow that is awesome! Thanks!
I still get so excited when I get a Street Pass. It's so rare for me (I only have 60 since the release). I live in a small village, but still take my 3DS everywhere I go, and to work every day, knowing that the chances of a pass is slim. I just got back from 3 weeks visit in the US where I got 13 Street Passes in total. Needless to say, I was thrilled with all of them - and mad at the ones who had no puzzle pieces to swap. Grrrrr. At this rate there is little chance of me ever completing the puzzles that need pink pieces.

It's really too bad people don't use it more. Just yesterday I saw 2 kids playing on their 3DS, but only one of them had Street Pass activated. I recently talked to a guy who works in the electronic department at Target. He said he had a Zelda 3DS but didn't even know how Street Passes work. (What a lame-O!)
I had a great idea a while back, but I don't think I could go through with it. It would be pretty sweet though. You could send your 3DS via postal system across the country to someone you know, or even across the world. You could have it fully charged, and in sleep mode, then ship it off. Obviously, it would did, but you'd have a good 5 hours or so to collect data, if there is any. Once the other person receives it, they could fully charge it back up and return it back to you. All I know is that mail exchanges hands a ton of different times throughout travel. I'd be willing to bet at least some StreetPass data would be collected.

View PostVicki, on 23 August 2012 - 04:28 PM, said:

I recently talked to a guy who works in the electronic department at Target. He said he had a Zelda 3DS but didn't even know how Street Passes work. (What a lame-O!)

Ha! That's hilarious.

View PostDarthArk, on 16 August 2012 - 09:34 PM, said:

I love StreetPass. Living in Atlanta near an international airport, I always get passes from people all over the world.
thad supa asum I whas 1 time at the airport whit my 3ds and 20 peapel past by in 3 hour

View Posttauros47, on 27 August 2012 - 02:08 PM, said:

thad supa asum I whas 1 time at the airport whit my 3ds and 20 peapel past by in 3 hour

20 is a lot!

View Postaquizero, on 27 August 2012 - 05:03 PM, said:

20 is a lot!
indeed

View PostDinky, on 16 August 2012 - 11:46 PM, said:

But on a recent road trip, i actually picked up 2 tags from passing cars on the Interstate, and 5 tags at rest stops in 4 different states. That renewed my interest in the StreetPass feature.

It is funny that you mentioned this. I recently had the same experience on the highway when going to Ikea near Philadelphia. I was amazed that while I was playing Pilotwings in the car that I saw a green light! I was really shocked and happy!
Hey kevin We here in Arkansas find pig knuckle use offensive just telling you so that your not offending anyone else. And sorry quotes don't do well on 3ds.

and also i only met one boy named johny and he lives in Alabama

View Postpartypat, on 22 November 2012 - 01:02 AM, said:

Hey kevin We here in Arkansas find pig knuckle use offensive just telling you so that your not offending anyone else.

Did that offend you?
Yes it does not pig knuckle but Johny boy it makes us look stupid naming everyone the same.

View Postpartypat, on 22 November 2012 - 02:24 PM, said:

Yes it does not pig knuckle but Johny boy it makes us look stupid naming everyone the same.

But you never said anything about the Johnny part. You only mentioned Pig Knuckle, Arkansas.