@GameDadGrant It's absolutely true that you can get StreetPasses in unexpected places. I once failed to get any passes whatsoever in a boardgame/RPG convention, despite the high amount of gamers and geeks attending, but when I went to IKEA a bit later I got two passes from Finnish tourists. Kind of the beauty of StreetPass hunting, not knowing who you will run into and where.
Those complaining about lack of StreetPassing, did you miss the E3 announcement that StreetPass is going to use a relay system in the future? I think we're all going to end up with a lot more StreetPasses... depending on how often we pass by these relay stations.
Yes, I did miss this! Can you provide more details?
Great impressions, r_hjort! Thanks for all of the info, man. These sound really fun. And I DO need to burn that Reward Zone coupon on something... Some 3DS cards might be the way to go. If only my memory card weren't still in-and-out.
Oh, Nintendo Zone. Yeeaaahhhh....um. Don't bother.
Unless you're at Best Buy. Sometimes they'll have coupons and discounts for 3DS games available via Nintendo Zone there. Just bring your 3DS to the cashier and they'll scan the barcode displayed on the screen. Suddenly your game is cheaper to buy! w00t!
Listen to the latest podcast for more info man!!! Well, not really more. Please listen, but the gist is that various Nintendo hubs normally used for Nintendo Zone stuff will now streetpass with you and send other street passes to Nnew passers hours later.
@Anand You're welcome! I've still not tried Battle for real, and only played Garden once, so I can't say too much about those, but I like both Squad and Mansion a whole lot right now.
Won't spoil anything for anyone, but I beat Squad's third level just now, and can tell you that the game features levels with multiple directions of scrolling, cutscenes in-between certain levels, and also seems to have a certain degree of branching paths or at the very least non-linear elements in the overall game progression. Not very challenging so far (although I've yet to find all treasures and beat any high-score in any given level), but good fun. I totally expect to get my ass kicked later, though.
Levelled up my Rusty Blaster in Mansion, increasing both my offense and defense, and encountered a new type of ghost that managed to give me 3HP worth of harm, but that's not so bad considering I had 40 to begin with. I can see an almost Punch-Out style element to the battles in the sense that you need to look at the enemies for tells in their body language to know when to attack, and when to defend yourself effectively.
The colours of the tiles you get from other investigators/passers will represent the favourite colour of their respective Mii's, but the shapes and sizes of the tiles differ, although I'm not sure based on what. If you meet someone who has collected multiple tiles you get to pick one of them for your own collection. I've placed 8 tiles of varying shapes and colour on the first floor, but so far have only been able to create one room, and have only ran into 2 ghosts. Loving the little puzzle aspects! EDIT: Just found out what the gems are for. Apparently you can use those and unwanted items to create materials with which you will make weapon upgrades. The game's even got separate puzzle challenges hidden away, and an item storage system similar to ye olde Resident Evil. Ooooo.
The biggest downside to these two games is that I'm doomed to be short on Play Coins and StreetPasses, 'cause I just want to play them more.
Just received a notification telling me about yet another StreetPass update, version 3.1. I updated, but have no idea what it does. Probably a stability update, I guess.
EDIT: In other news, I harvested my first seed in Garden today, as a result of a guest pollinating my plant with his own plant's pollen. Apparently the two different breeds can result in an entirely new breed with traits from both, or in a hybrid breed. The end result's colour is determined by mixing the colours of the parent plants. This is getting pretty interesting now, even though I don't feel like I actually do anything. Also, the seeds and plants apparently have some sort of market value, meaning that I can use them to fund purchases of new plants or improvements to my garden. Maybe this game actually has some depth.