Nintendo has announced a National StreetPass Weekend for December 14 and 15 in North America. For two days, all Nintendo Zones throughout Canada and the United States will communicate with each other (!), mixing up the StreetPasses they receive and redistributing them to other Nintendo Zones. This means players can receive passes from all over the continent, filling in their map and logging more players than would be possible otherwise.
Even though it doesn't affect me AT ALL, I kinda agree with JKR here. Wasn't part of the ALLURE of this stuff and it tracking where you've run into people being the "Gotta Catch 'Em All" aspect of it, and "YES, JUST GOT A GUY FROM HAWAII!" or whatever? It does seem kinda..cheap? for someone who is trying to avoid stuff like that. I know that isn't a concern for anywhere near the majority of users, but I'm sure someone out there is bummin' just a little bit.
@Mr_Mustache Well, I go all over town in a very very diverse city (Or rather, set of cities, the Bay Area) and I never seem to get anyone who doesn't have their 3DS set to California, whether I'm going to a mall, riding on a train or anything. Hell, I don't get that many Street Passes, period. Thing needs like a 2 mile range or something. Or I could creepily hang around schools!
Except it doesn't work. I've taken my 3DS out very VERY often and have yet to get StreetPasses from outside the province I live in. I've been to Toronto once and even that only got me a single StreetPass. Nintendo implemented this relay station because StreetPasses were not working as well as they had hoped. Plus if they do these events more often, it makes people aware of that feature and hopefully has more taking it out to Nintendo Zones and further diversifying the StreetPasses that are sent around.
I've gotten a few people from the US, but 99% of my StreetPasses are from my home province. I do agree that this feature kind of ruins the appeal of StreetPasses, though. There's just something neat about passing someone who also has a 3DS.
I can't imagine getting all off the accomplishments in the Mii Plaza otherwise though. It would still take years before that would be possible for me, assuming I don't go to some major meetup or gaming event, none of which happen anywhere near here.
I traveled a ton to places where a lot of gaming nerds gathered, like PAX East or E3. Needless to say, that helps, but not everyone has this chance. So I don't have anything against this initiative: people can always turn off their wireless or leave the 3DS at home on that week-end. Those who can't travel a lot and want the novelty of streetpassing someone from far away, can.