Tuesday, September 6, 2011

StreetPass and SpotPass on the 3DS

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StreetPass and SpotPass ModeThe system supports multiplayer gameplay via a local wireless connection or over the Internet. Expanding upon the connectivity of the Nintendo DS, the Nintendo 3DS features an "always on" background connectivity system that trademarks suggested was named "CrossPass" which can automatically seek and connect to wireless network nodes such as Wi-Fi hotspots, sending and downloading information in the background while in sleep mode or while playing a game. In Nintendo's September 29 conference, the confirmed Western names of the SpotPass Tag Mode service would be StreetPass and SpotPass, with SpotPass being the ability for the 3DS to seek Wi-Fi signals and automatically download content while in sleep mode and StreetPass being the passive communication between 3DS systems held by users, an example being the sharing of Mii avatars.

During the 2011 Game Developers Conference, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime announced that Nintendo has partnered with AT&T to provide free access to AT&T hotspots via the Nintendo 3DS. Users will be able to connect to these hotspots in late May.

The background connectivity allows users to exchange software content regardless of what software is currently in the console. Sharing content is stored in a "data slot" in the console. Using this data slot, Nintendo 3DS users can readily share and exchange content for multiple games at the same time, whenever they are connected, even when playing unrelated games. Using the console's background connectivity, a Nintendo 3DS in StreetPass Mode can automatically discover other 3DS units within range, establish a connection, and exchange content for mutually played games, all transparently and without requiring any user input, even when the console is dormant. For example, in Super Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition, if the user passes someone with the same software, he has a battle to collect trophies from the other player.

It can be customized to fit the user's preferences, including opting out of it altogether for selected software. One application being considered is functionality to "automatically acquire magazine and newspaper articles", similar to networked e-book reader applications. Other improvements to online functionality include how Friend Codes are implemented, with only one code necessary for each console, as opposed to the DS and Wii where individual Friend Codes are required for each piece of software.


Like I said i just got my 3DS and brought it to school with me today...not one hit. Forever Alone.
Hopefully i get some later today, or on my way home when i stop into gamestop. Im trying to figure out how to pull pictures from this thing so you guys can see my mii characters. FUUU, F Ya, forever alone, ect. ect.

17 comments:

  1. Pretty slick, though I suppose it really would only work in high density areas. Like my brain - I am told that it is quite dense.

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  2. I like it! Good job you mentioned it to me!

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  3. If i bought it, i don't think i would ever get a hit. I don't know how many people have a 3ds in
    Argentina, but i guess there aren't that many, and those who have it are mostly kids that don't wander around. Funny feature though.

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  4. hahahah you made me laugh with the forever alone line. It describes the situation pretty well.

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  5. I remember having to use a link cable on the gameboy color inorder to play pokemon with someone.

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  6. It won't be long before someone in your area hooks up and you're not forever alone anymore!

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  7. I dont know how I feel about my devices doing things like that when Im not using them.

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  8. So many cool features... but I'm going to hold back. I have this teeny bit of hope that Nintendo will decide to improve the battery life one day, and then I'll jump on it (if I haven't caved already). Battery life has always been one of the Gameboy's major trumps over the competition.

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  9. sounds like a big battery drainer

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  10. I heard about this and remember people asking one another if it made it ok to drive by an elementary school slowly in hopes of getting this to work. :P

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  11. 3d's is great. I want to have one. it's nice to have it for the bus while driving to school and such.

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  12. Still dont have it, need to save money for more important stuff first :(

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  13. This sounds like a good idea as also the NDS had something similar with certain games.

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