Face Raiders and AR Games aren’t the only fun titles pre-installed on the 3DS — Nintendo also has two small games meant to make StreetPass a little more exciting.
For those kids just tuning in, StreetPass is a feature in that automatically exchanges user and game data between two systems that cross each other’s paths even when they’re sleeping (e.g. Dragon Quest IX’s tag mode).
It’s a gimmick designed to get you carrying your 3DS everywhere, and it has two games, StreetPass Quest and StreetPass Puzzle, integrated to the experience.
UK gamer Richard claims to have spent time with both, providing details on StreetPass Quest:
It begins with your Mii having a ‘dream’ of sorts, where upon you wake up in a cage, trapped in a tower. The way out? Use Miis you have collected via StreetPass, battling in a turn-based system against increasingly powerful enemies. If you haven’t collected any Miis, for two Game Coins, you’re able to buy a cat in armour to represent you. Rich used the cat, whose attack options were Sword and Magic.
Each attempt to rescue your captured Mii from the tower is concluded with a re-cap of the enemies you have defeated, as well as the remaining health of the foes you have begun to battle, but not yet beaten.
Rich says that his feline recruit had “Sword” and “Magic” attack options. He went on to estimate that StreetPass Quest had around 16 to 32 stages/levels/battles, and that up to three Miis could fight at once.
It’s interesting that a feature popularized by Dragon Quest IX would have a Dragon Quest IX style game (in that it’s a Japanese RPG with turn-based combat)!
As for StreetPass Puzzle, it’s described as “a game where players collect pieces of a 3D puzzle (from interacting with other 3DS owners who have their StreetPass functionality switched on). The more players you interact with, the more pieces you gain, which you can then use to slowly build and complete your 3D puzzle.”
This info doesn’t come from the most reliable source — a 15-year-old kid who says a manager at UK retailer GAME allowed him to spend a few hours with a retail unit— but the details match other reports we’ve heard.
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[Via Nintendo 3DS Focus]