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access_time August 6, 2013 at 6:30 PM in News by Charlie Grammer

3DS StreetPass update removes the need for real people

StreetPass relay points detailed, update released.

StreetPass relay points detailed, update released.

Some of you who own a 3DS may remember that in June of this year, Nintendo announced a system update that would add a new feature to the 3DS. This feature would allow the console to receive StreetPass encounters via Wi-Fi access points.

What, exactly, does this mean? It’s pretty simple, actually. It essentially removes the need for real people. Not completely, of course, but you won’t have to rely on strangers as much, as the new system (the update is currently available on Nintendo’s eShop) will utilize relay points. These points, once passed, will automatically store a user’s StreetPass data (temporarily), and pass it to the next person that passes said point.

With this move, Nintendo is hoping to boost the number of people utilizing StreetPass in the west. They want more users to take their consoles out with them when they leave their houses.

Will Nintendo’s strategy work? 

Source: Siliconera


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