Sunday, April 15, 2012

PAX East 2012: StreetPass Network

Ever since the 3DS launched last March, a number of gaming groups have sprung up all around the world, all for one purpose: to play video games and have fun streetpassing each other!

StreetPass is a wireless feature on the Nintendo 3DS which causes 3DS devices to communicate with each other without direct contact or any effort on either side of the communication.  The primary program for this, the StreetPass Mii Plaza, collects this data and allows gamers to trade puzzle pieces and assist each other in an RPG game called Find Mii.  Over the past year, however, other games such as Dead or Alive: Dimensions, Mario Kart 7, and Kid Icarus: Uprising have utilized StreetPass functions in some way, and many more games are still on the way.

We attended the StreetPass Network panel at PAX East where we and other attendees got to hear about how the groups work and their opinions on the StreetPass function and how it brings gamers together.  We have a full video of the main panel itself, and that will be released in time.

For now, we wanted to post an interview with Joshua Lynsen and Jordan White, the founders of StreetPass DC and StreetPass NYC, respectively.  In our long but informative interview, we got to hear more elaborately why they created StreetPass groups, how they run the groups, and their personal opinions on the 3DS and games coming out this year.  For more information, you can go to their websites and join in the StreetPass fun, or if you are not nearby a current StreetPass group of your own, check out StreetPass Network's website for more information.

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