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.
Started yesterday, really?? Well, now, that's really strange, because yesterday I went to three different Nintendo Zones (all Starbucks) and got NOTHING (I even confirmed the presence of the Nintendo Zone with my 3DS).
But I know I get StreetPasses from Nintendo Zones because in the past week, I've been to three other Nintendo Zones (all McDonald's) and got 6 StreetPasses at one, then 6 at the next, and then 4.
So... I wonder what happened yesterday when I got no StreetPasses?
Yeah I'm not sure really... but I know some people definitely got StreetPasses from all over. Maybe not every spot had it start yesterday? But that would be weird to just pick certain locations for it to have it.
I don't always get any at mine so I wasn't really surprised when I didn't get any. I always StreetPass the same regular 5 people which is kinda annoying
do you have to connect to Nintendo Zone? Or can you just have your 3DS in sleep mode and connect that way? There is a NZ near my work that I can always 'see' but never successfully connect to. I'm going to try Best Buy today.
If it works properly, you should be able to keep your 3DS in sleep mode and still get StreetPasses. I've never had any luck at my local Future Shop store, but I can regularly get StreetPasses at the McDonalds in Walmart, so it makes me think that something isn't configured right at Future Shop.
I went to the Gamestop near my house and got 8 street passes from various areas of the country, Texas, California, etc., that was pretty cool I guess. However, for some reason it failed to steetpass the cute girl that works there which is about 9/10ths the reason I went...
The first one was Home Depot. (I have no idea why they even have Nintendo Zone set up in Home Depot: how many 3DS owners would normally go there anyway???). The Nintendo Zone was up and running, but I got NO StreetPasses.
I then went to McDonald's. I saw the blue light on my XL, and it let me know that I got a special Nintendo guest come in as a StreetPass through the Nintendo Zone (Tom). So now I knew I got the StreetPasses!
In addition to Tom, I got 6 StreetPasses: California, Florida, Georgia (2), Quebec, and one from Belgium!
Yeah, I'm disappointed in Nintendo that apparently not all Nintendo Zones are equal and some are not even working. How can it be that every Starbucks I've been to has given me zero StreetPasses (through the relay), or that the Home Depot today did not have the nationwide Streetpass set-up, while just about every McDonalds I've been to has given me StreetPasses, both through the normal relay system and with today's nationwide set-up?
I'm sure there will be plenty of people disappointed this wekeend, depending on how good of a job Nintendo did in getting the word out for this event, and I hope they realize or are aware of the problems people are having.
Personally, it's a bit of a hassle for me to go out of my way to some of these locations, so if there's not even a guarantee I'm going to get a StreetPass anyway, I'm not going to bother in the future, unless they improve the whole Nintendo Zone thing. (I'm talking about places I normally don't go to in the first place).
Went to the mall with my girlfriend today, I've lived here my whole life and I've never seen any malls so packed, ever. It was crazy! And I've been to malls on the day BEFORE Christmas before! So suffice to say I maxed out on 10 streetpasses while walking around, probably in the first few minutes, then we went to the food court to eat and I checked my streetpasses, all from the U.S. (Aside from one from "Aguilla" or something? Aguille? GOOGLE? Ahh, Anguilla, a small British-owned island country-ish thing slightly East of Puerto Rico, it seems. NO MAP DATA FOR IT IN THE MII PLAZA, WAY TO BE RACIST NINTENDO!) and then right after that we had to leave the mall so I only got one more! It kept picking up the Nintendo Zone there but it wouldn't let me connect, said it couldn't establish connection! :(
Was going to give up but realized there was a Starbucks near Nathalie's work when I dropped her off so I swung by and lo and behold, I got Streetpasses. Only "far off land" that I didn't already have was Iowa, but still cool.