Published on June 26th, 2011 | by G. Bargas, Managing Editor
Thanks for the Pass, Mii Now Has You.
Zelda, street passing and crime drama, these were all of the elements that shaped our first celebration of the Nintendo 3DS StreetPass Day. While there were plenty of places to choose from all across the globe for the 1st ever StreetPass Day event, my choice was San Jose, CA.
It was great to be a part of such a historic event. The concept in itself is simple, yet involves something that often leaves gamers having a more personable experience. For those not familiar with the Nintendo3DS Street Pass concept, it is quite simple. By keeping your Nintendo 3DS on your person, either playing or in Sleep Mode, other players can send their Mii character over to join your console. New people that you meet will then find housing on your console and will fill you in the games they are playing. If you don’t know what a Mii character is, you are already a lost cause.
With these characters comes new adventures for the Find Mii game, or players can collect new puzzles pieces without having to spend their valuable coins collected. Some of the puzzles are that of Nintendo characters and scenes, for example Metroid, Super Mario, or Pikmin, with 15 pieces total. Not only does this reiterate the concept of “the more the merrier” but it actually pays to know.
There was no better place than that of E3 for one to get the full effect of the Street Pass concept. I could not believe the 65 plus people that kept sending notifications once passing them in line before the Nintendo Press Conference. Even on the E3 floor, when my 3DS wasn’t dead, it was easy to pick up a few notifications. The lucky ones received Miyamoto and Reggie Fils-Aime.
While there were no big name contributors, that I know of, at the San Jose, CA event, it was still fun to see what others were playing or interested in. The age range presented fans from tikes to adults of all ages, all sharing their Mii and favorite games.
The person who was responsible for bringing all of the excitement together for our meet up location was named Andres. While he had signed up to start the event, he was unaware that he would become the Group Meetup Leader and chose the venue early on. When I asked him why he had made the effort to come out to the event, he replied, “[laughs] To get street passed.”
While it’s no wonder that there are a ton of unforgettable characters in the Nintendo realm that keep players glued to their consoles, even for Andres, there are a few other things that shape his experience. When I had asked him what so special about this Nintendo console, he and his lady friend agreed that it was because you could “meet people and it encouraged socializing.”
This was truly the case as our conversation led me to find out that he was playing Zelda Ocarina of Time 3D, which also segued into in game music and the live performance during the E3 2011 press conference. Not to mention the fact that Andres likes Nintendo’s focus when it comes creating the soundtracks of their games. “Music is half of the game itself” said Andres. Other honorable mentions for music were games like Castlevania
While there were a ton of mentions as to what we were playing and other aesthetics, a definite for the next meet-up needs to be more content. Although the crowd that was gathered had their thumbs pounding to such titles as Ridge Racer, Street Fighter, DOA, and Cave Story, it was a little disappointing that players did not stick around to actually play some games or that the venue knew that we were going to be situated there for the time period. Despite these smaller hiccups, it was great to meet some fellow Nintendo 3DS fans and share our stories and favorites of the franchise.
If you were wondering where the crime drama of the day I mentioned earlier came from, here’s the lowdown. A woman nabbed a purse of some sort from up the street and pick-pocketed a small amount of cash. After the victim had notified the authorities, and five squad cars and two bike police later, the lady was questioned about the cash. Just moments before the event took place, she was seen sitting across from the venue screaming and yelling up a storm. Most of the ranting and raving was done at no one in particular, but later on a would-be accomplice joined her side. This ensured that our first-ever StreetPass day was an eventful one.
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