3DS StreetPass Groups Forming to Play Together Outside

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Street Pass is the new, always-on wireless connection for the Nintendo 3DS through which multiplayer gaming is possible. The idea is, a couple of perfect strangers, both with 3DSes, will be buzzed when they're near each other, inviting them to connect. A 3DS StreetPass group is forming, a week before the device's release, to take the happenstance out of such encounters.


StreetPass DC has formed via Facebook for 3DS users in the Washington, D.C. metro area. Its first meetup will be April 9 at the Navy Memorial, and additional ones are planned at other landmarks in the District, such as outside the White House or under the Washington Monument. (The group also has a Twitter feed.)

I think it's a great idea and a good way to get value from a new device feature, as well as socialize with others and get out of the house. I'm sure other groups will form, too. If you are a part of one, or if you want to start one, feel free to connect with your fellow 3DS enthusiasts through our comments, using the #streetpass tag.

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Ryuuga Hideki - Have you tried turning it off and on again?

This really is a cool feature, but it's too bad that in practically every country outside of Japan the random aspect of it will never be fully appreciated. If events like this need to be organized then it kinda takes some of the "I wonder if I will find someone" fun out of keeping your system with you.

Not to mention there's a bit of a stigma attached to anyone over 10 carrying a gaming system of any kind with them outside the home, at least where I live. You wouldn't believe the looks I got while I was getting my event Pokemon last month, from both kids and adults alike.

Next stigma to attack, perhaps simultaneously, is guys carrying bags. I really want a sling to carry my crap in, but I don't want people getting the wrong idea about me. Especially girls.