Fire up your 3DS systems, Nintendo fans! International StreetPass Week is going on right now!
StreetPass is an interesting feature of the 3DS where users exchange data with others as they pass by each other in the street (or the store or the train or wherever). StreetPasses might contain ghost data for Mario Kart 7, a team of warriors in Fire Emblem: Awakening, or extra lives in Super Mario 3D Land.
If gamers stop by a Nintendo Zone (found at McDonald’s, Best Buy, or almost any AT&T hotspot), they receive the StreetPass data for the last six users who entered the Nintendo Zone. For International StreetPass week, Nintendo is mixing it up by giving StreetPass data for the last six users who entered any Nintendo Zone in North America, Europe, or Japan.
StreetPasses are especially useful in StreetPass games, where the collected Miis can be used to provide puzzle pieces, augment weapons, provide soldiers for armies, and a myriad of other tasks. The games can be completed without StreetPasses, but it is significantly slower and more difficult.
International StreetPass Week runs from April 16th to April 26th. Gamers can visit the same Nintendo Zone once every 12 hours and get different Miis every time. Also, pro tip: bigger stores like Home Depot often have multiple hot spots that can each be used as a separate Nintendo Zone. Get passin’!
As a big fan of the StreetPass games, I love when these events come around. It’s fun to try and gather Miis from every state or from various other countries. So far this week, I’ve had Miis from Germany, Canada, Japan, the UK, and Brazil. I haven’t had any from Antarctica, though. I guess I better keep trying!