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3DS Update Adds StreetPass Relay Points, Removes Need For Real People

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Hear that? It's rural America's sprawling masses roaring their approval for Nintendo's latest 3DS update, allowing North American owners to exchange StreetPasses for games via one of the country's more than 29,000 Nintendo Zone locations instead of sitting in the empty mall cradling their console and crying.

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Living in the suburbs myself, I only get StreetPasses at major events, so I am thrilled to learn I'll now be able to contract StreetPasses like some sort of happy disease from locations like McDonald's or Starbucks — wherever a Nintendo Zone is found. Visitors to these locations will leave their info hanging about, and the next folks to come along will walk right into them like spiderwebs, sticky and pleasing.

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There's a video explaining how this all works over at Nintendo. Let's just say StreetPasses are going viral, and North america is now connected in a giant, undulating, sweaty, naked mass of 3DS owners. There is glee here.

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DISCUSSION

I bought a 3DS at launch, and I bought a 3DS XL at launch. I have no idea how the heck Streetpass works or what it's for really. I mean, I assume it's to get other people's Mii's onto your 3Ds if they're within proximity.. that about right? Ok so what would the purpose of that be? Does it give you any rewards? This also assumes you leave your 3DS powered on & closed, instead of turning it off when you're done playing right? Then you have to go somewhere where someone else has a 3DS near you and is doing the same thing (i.e. leaving it powered on in their pocket?)

For the record.. my original 3DS has been played constantly for the past 2 years (my 4 year old plays it mostly. I play the XL) and I the amount of other Miis that are on there that I can tell = a big fat zero.

And isn't there a pedometer on the 3DS as well? What the heck is that for?