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February 2018 Retro Gaming Article


February 28, 2018 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

The end seems near for my favorite element of the 3DS as StreetPass relays will be shutdown in Japan

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StreetPass relay servers are shutting down at the end of March in Japan... Soon in North America?
I love StreetPass and the games that make up the Mii Plaza. My son and I were infatuated with the original lineup of games in the Mii Plaza. Even full-scale games like Tomodachi Life made creative use of StreetPass. The more I think about it all, the more I know how much I'll miss StreetPass.

Nintendo announced that it will be shutting down the StreetPass relay servers in Japan on March 28. Those of you in large cities may not have used such a device, but folks like me - in more rural areas - rely on them for StreetPasses. Organic streetPasses occur when your handheld comes in proximity of another and they exchange data resulting in the animations and an additional Mii to use in the Mii Plaza games like Flower Town or Battleground Z.

The lage population of a busy city increases the likelihood of encountering other 3DS fanatics in real time. However, in lesser populated areas, StreetPass relay stations collect StreetPasses over time and dole then out to those passing the relay. This enables more "data exchanges" without the need to do so in real time with other 3DS units.

The upcoming shutdown of such servers may mean other territories wil be shuttered as well. For me, that would mean I would only get StreetPasses in real time. That would be an awful end to a feature I really enjoy. Some folks discovered a way to set up their own access points and create StreetPasses in their own homes, but that would rely on the network that is being shut down. I guess all good things come to an end.

StreetPass Today and the mall, I lurked by all three of the relay points I've used in the pass and got a SpotPass, but only one StreetPass! Yikes! Where is everybody?!? That doesn't bode well. I really love the social nature of StreetPass. Why didn't this transfer over to the Switch??

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