StreetPass Relay Goes Live in New 3DS Update

on August 6, 2013 7:39 AM

In working and living near a major metropolitan area like New York City, suffice it to say that I always manage to clock in at least a few StreetPasses on my 3DS whenever I come into or out of the city.

However, for many other 3DS owners that either don’t live near major urban centers/heavily populated areas or can’t attend bustling conventions or industry events, getting those fabled Puzzle Pieces or finding allies for Find Mii can be incredibly challenging.

Thankfully, Nintendo’s newest update for the 3DS brings with it the much-anticipated StreetPass Relay feature, allowing players to widen their Mii Plaza with more inhabitants by expanding the 3DS’s StreetPass network. Whenever the player passes by a designated “Nintendo Zone” (Nintendo-operated hot spots that provide downloadable content/videos), the 3DS will both send your Mii information while also picking up any StreetPass information from players that may have passed by that spot earlier, making for an easier ability (at least in the States) for players to pickup some more StreetPasses with StreetPass Relay.

In the United States, Nintendo Zones can be found at a variety of major retailers and chains across the country, such as McDonald’s, Starbucks, Best Buy (having recently been promoting Animal Crossing: New Leaf with downloadable items through Nintendo Zones & SpotPass), Barnes & Noble, and many others.

The new update and StreetPass Relay are available today, and the full details and features included in the update can be found in Nintendo’s summary on their official website.

So, what are you waiting for? Go out there and get some StreetPasses! (And maybe a Big Mac or Iced Coffee while you’re at it, if you pass a McDonald’s or Starbucks on the way)

 /  Features Editor
Ryan is the Features Editor at DualShockers, with over five years' experience in the world of video games culture and writing. He holds a BA in English & Cinema from Binghamton University, and lives in New York City.