As many 3DS users may already know, we are smack in the middle of International StreetPass Week. Lasting from April 16 to April 26, this special event allows Nintendo 3DS users in North America and Europe to visit any Nintendo Zone location and receive randomly selected Miis from these regions. For those 3DS users who don’t live in densely populated areas, these events, and StreetPass Relay in general, are lifelines. But is relying on the Wi-Fi at your local McDonald’s or Best Buy really ideal? Or should Nintendo just cut out the middle men and enable StreetPass Relay to work from our homes?
As anyone who has ever tried to check their e-mail or surf the web at a crowded McDonald’s knows, their Wi-Fi isn’t the fastest or most reliable around. That’s if it’s working at all. And the log-in pages often required at places like McDonald’s don’t always play well with the 3DS web browser. I’ve only managed to get StreetPass hits at my local McDonald’s one out of three times in the past week, and the local Best Buy isn’t a Nintendo Zone. StreetPass is a great way to be social with other 3DS users, and the StreetPass Mii Plaza games are fun to play, when I can get hits.
Roadblocks like these make enjoying StreetPass features frustrating for people like me. Some users are so frustrated they’ve even figured out how to spoof Nintendo Zones and get StreetPass Relay to work at home. Users of this method call it “HomePass.” However, doing this requires a decent router and a fair bit of computer expertise. Still, if StreetPass enthusiasts can get this to work from home just by changing some router settings, imagine what the Big N could do if they put their minds to it? Personally, I love taking my 3DS to an event like the Pokémon Symphony and seeing other people’s Miis fill up my plaza, but I’d like to be able to enjoy StreetPass features in my games in a much less “feast or famine” kind of fashion.
If Nintendo released a system update (as they do so frequently for “stability” reasons) to also enable StreetPass Relay to work at home, imagine how many more people’s Miis would come flooding onto the servers, ready to enter our plazas and give 3DS owners that much more joy. Those of us who live in sparsely populated areas would get more enjoyment out of StreetPass, while those already blessed to get many hits each day could get even more. But what do you think? Does this sound like something you’d like Nintendo to do, or are you content with the amount of StreetPass hits you get already? Perhaps you live in a country like Japan and think us Westerners are just jealous? Let us know in the comments!