14 posts tagged streetpass
Mother of God, new StreetPass games and Mii outfits
You should be able to download a firmware update to your 3DS (v6.0.0-11) today — along with the usual stability fixes and flashcart blocking, it allows you to now back up saves for digital games and 3DS Virtual Console titles from the main menu. Unfortunately, it doesn’t sound like Animal Crossing: New Leaf and Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate are supported.
But the big news is that, at least in Europe and Japan right now, the new firmware allows you to update Mii Plaza with a shop that sells four games for €5 (around $7) each, or €15 ($20) for all of them:
- StreetPass Squad (Shoot’em up-style game using Miis as upgrades)
- StreetPass Garden (Move into a house, grow flowers, and decorate a garden)
- StreetPass Battle (Strategy game, build a StreetPass army and conquer the world)
- StreetPass Mansion (Solve a paranormal mystery in a haunted house)
You can get new hats (like a Pixel Mario cap) and even outfits as rewards from the game, according to Cosmonaut X’s notes. The app appears to be crashing a bit, according to a few reports — hopefully that’s fixed for when this releases in the U.S.?
Your homework this weekend: Real life StreetPass.
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Are you ashamed of your poor 3DS Streetpass numbers? Puzzles humiliatingly unsolved, Miis unfound?
Famicomplicated is offering to do your Streetpassing for you. For a modest fee (and shipping to and from Japan), Famicomplicated will complete puzzles and Find Mii quests. Depending on how many of the puzzles you want solved, there’s a sliding scale of fees – it costs extra to get the Mac de DS puzzle, for example.
What an enterprising idea! It’s much cheaper to send your 3DS on a vacation than yourself. I’d offer the same service, but around here, the only Mii you’d pick up would be mine.
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None of the people I StreetPass Miis with are ever as fun as this. Everyone who lives in my city needs to abandon their serious 3DS avatars, and adopt Miis modeled after singers from the 1980s for my amusement.
“Hello, is it me you’re looking for?
‘Cause I wonder where you are,
and I wonder what you do.
Are you somewhere feeling lonely
or is someone loving you?”
Eagerly awaiting Phil Collins showing up on my 3DS, greeting me with “TakeALookAtMeNow”.
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“Swapnote Me Maybe” by Danielle Wolf. Yes, parodies of “Call Me Maybe” became passé months ago, and spoof videos for the pop hit already reached their height with this Arrested Development tribute, but let’s not hold that against Ms. Wolf for releasing this StreetPass ditty.
After all, the lyrics are amusing enough for 3DS fans, with shout-outs to Kid Icarus: Uprising and Puzzle Swap. And while yes, she doesn’t have a professional recording setup to autotune the hell out of this, and the topic at hand is hella nerdy — I cringed through the whole thing — props to her for not caring and putting this out there anyway.
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Satoru Iwata espousing the “other” features of the 3DS, in an investor briefing. It’s basically Nintendo’s own fault the 3D has taken precedence — marketing and communication with press has heavily favored “glasses-free 3D” as the marquee feature, and the damn thing is called the “3DS” — but as one of those “actual users,” I feel way more impressed by these features.
Few things about the hardware are more exciting than receiving a new inappropriate Swapnote and seeing that blue light come on, or capturing a horde of Miis.
Nintendo is (maybe?) acknowledging the importance of networking, finally, with things like demos, decent eShop games, and the upcoming Nintendo Network, and though it’s not one-for-one with other systems in that department, interesting things happen when Nintendo does care about connectivity stuff.
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Doing its part to make sure you carry your 3DS around everywhere, Capcom has thrown in a StreetPass feature in Resident Evil: Revelations that will net you new enemies and missions for the game’s co-op Raid Mode, as well as parts for customizing weapons, when you pass other RE: Revelations players in real life.
The custom parts look like the usual stuff, upgrades for increasing your firepower, ammo capacity, etc. The StreetPass missions offer rewards that you can use in the campaign (e.g. herbs, money, extra clips for extra shit).
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The group behind the regional StreetPass Network has designed a new 3DS profile builder thing. PassID lets you create a profile with a bio, avatar, and other data, and attach it to a short URL for use as a message on your 3DS.
It’s sort of like 3DSTxt, used to sort of fake an Xbox Live profile. Could be useful, if you live the kind of charmed life in which you find yourself actually getting StreetPass tags!
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For those of you whose StreetPass logs are depressingly empty, and who have never had the chance to try Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition’s Figurine Mode, Nintendo is trying to facilitate your meeting-up and exchange of data (and maybe friendship or whatever, I guess).
The company started a page for StreetPass-focused Meetups, all planned to take place on June 25. There are currently 429 Meetups planned that day, all around the world — oh, hey, including one in Austin! With… 2 people planning to attend. It’s still early, I guess.
Anyway! It’s unfortunate that there isn’t enough 3DS saturation for StreetPass to happen naturally more often, but if you have a 3DS, you should totally go to one of these and enjoy the thrill of the blinky green light.
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My favorite Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition feature that I’ll never use? Totally the figurine mode. I anticipate pouring Play Coins into the game and hunting down every code I can get to amass a giant army of figurines… which I’ll never trade or bring out for StreetPass battles due to hermitude.
NeoGAFfer wackojackosnose has compiled a list of passwords that can be redeemed for unusual, leveled-up figures including gold and silver versions of the characters. Some of them apparently come from Japanese retail promotions — and the gold Chun-Li comes from the video stream of Capcom’s Nintendo World 2011 presentation.
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Viewing 3D figures in StreetPass Puzzle. We’ve talked a bit about the 3DS’s built-in StreetPass Quest game, but this is the first detailed preview I’ve seen for StreetPass Puzzle.
This seems less like a game and more a gimmick to get 3DS owners to carry their systems everywhere, which I’m fine with, as I’d like to see the StreetPass feature become as popular in the States as it is in Japan.
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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.