Many backpacks, book bags and purses are filled with staple school necessities, namely notebooks, pens, binders, and textbooks. Nestled within some of these collections of lined paper and pencil lead are devices that house more than text messages and word documents, but rather offer up a home for exchangeable caricatures and avatars, cartoon home redecorators, and monster collectors.
These Nintendo 3DS systems flash green when information is exchanged between two separate devices wirelessly, signaling the trade of characters, home designs, in-game items, or currency used to play other minigames. This function, referred to as Streetpass, occurs when both 3DS systems are closed and in sleep mode while within range of each other.
Many students keep their 3DS systems on hand or stowed away while at school, whether it be to count their steps on the device’s pedometer or to gather more Miis in their Mii Plaza to adventure with. By simply placing the system in one’s backpack and leaving it to gather Streetpass information, a gamer is able to collect multiple added bonuses for their games or applications.
Gaming enthusiast Kayla Miskiv brings her 3DS with her wherever she might run into a large amount of “young people” that also have 3DS systems. She is then able to reap the rewards of making those wireless connections without having to actually put forth added effort throughout her endeavors.
“When you go to the same place—like school—every day, you’re more likely to run into the same people on Streetpass,” she explained. “This way, you can both help to advance the game of the other person without taking any extra time from your day to do it.”
Games like “Animal Crossing: New Leaf” allow players to trade house designs when initiating Streetpass functions. Players can then purchase items that they find in new friends’ houses to flesh out their own home design aesthetics. In addition, when meeting other players on Streetpass with Pokemon X or Pokemon Y in tow, gamers can collect in-game currency to purchase new items or participate in online attractions.
Even though it might not look like much is going on at face value, information is consistently being traded between 3DS systems, forging further connections between 3DS users and Nintendo enthusiasts. Streetpass enables players to find other similar players within their immediate vicinity without having to see another gamer with their 3DS system in sight. Essentially, it creates a way by which players can find and help each other while going through staple day-to-day activities.
“Even though it might be difficult to find other people with a 3DS, the Streetpass helps to build that community regardless,” said Miskiv.