- "Lately, people at the Nintendo building have been leaving their work stations and wandering around other floors for no apparent reason with their 3DS to use the StreetPass conection with the other employees. Normally, I would tell them not to do this, but... I am one of those people leaving their work stations." - Satoru Iwata, global Nintendo president
StreetPass is a feature present in every Nintendo 3DS system that allows users to exchange data from games & applications that the two own. It is on regardless of whether the 3DS is in sleep mode or not (though the system itself must be on), and automatically acts when another 3DS user walks within the console's range. With it, players can acquire new features in games that they own (even if the game's card is not presently in the 3DS card slot) and obtain the Miis of 3DS users that walk past them. If one wishes, they can turn the feature off completely or assign the games that they want it to work with. Several games have made use of this function in unique ways. Other content that can be transmitted include puzzle piece for Puzzle Swap, messages from the user (in addition to their favorite game on the system), and their most played song with Nintendo 3DS Sound.
The LED notifier of the upper right side of the Nintendo 3DS (when closed) alerts players when data has been exchanged with another user whether it be through StreetPass or SpotPass with a blinking green LED color.
List of games
Note: This list is not complete.
The following are a list of games that use StreetPass.
|Animal Crossing||Producer Hideki Konno has confirmed that Animal Crossing will use StreetPass, though exactly how is currently unknown.|
|Combat of Giants 3D||Unknown|
Certain demons in the game can only gain experience through this feature.
Stones in the game to get items.
|LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean||This game has the player automatically fighting other players via StreetPass. After this occurs users can see how many games they've won or lost.|
|LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars||Used to unlock new characters and items.|
|Mario Kart 7||Used to collect ghost data from other players and share information of the communities they are.|
|Mario Tennis Open||Two matches with the collected Mii, one normal and one Ring Shot, are made available. Afterwards, the Mii remains visible in the game.|
|Nintendogs + Cats||Users who walk past other Nintendogs + Cats owners will be able to meet the other player's Mii and dog in the game the next time they play the title and have the two dogs exchange gifts.|
|Pokémon Rumble Blast||The other player challenges you with one of his Pokémon toys as a boss battle and if you beat it you get that Pokémon toy. Also you get one point that goes toward unlocking special legendary Pokémon.|
|Pro Evolution Soccer||Automatic data. Players who have played a lot have a better chance of winning.|
|Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask||Unknown|
|Resident Evil: Revelations||StreetPass gives items for campaign mode and missions for raid mode.|
|Ridge Racer 3D||Ghost data is exchanged automatically from one system to the next. The next time the player boots up the system they are allowed to play against the other user's ghost.|
|Samurai Warriors: Chronicles||
Automated battles, similar to Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition and LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean.
|Sonic Generations||Profile cards are exchanged with other Generations players, which allows you to unlock one mission for no cost per StreetPass exchange.|
|Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition||
A battle is automatically commenced between the two users' figurines obtained through Story Mode that grants trophies to the winner. Note that the battle is done by a computer.
|Super Mario 3D Land||Allows you to gather Mystery Boxes for items or Star Coins & Toad houses reappear. It also collects time data from other users so you can race against them.|
|Winning Eleven 3D Soccer||Lets you collect golf balls for soccer matches.|
Nintendo developed two games that come preloaded onto every 3DS system that showcase the StreetPass' capabilities of the handheld. These games, called Find Mii and Puzzle Swap, revolve entirely around StreetPass. In Find Mii, users attempt to rescue a king trapped in a castle by enlisting new party members. This can only be done by passing by other 3DS owners and acquiring their Miis (new party members can also be acquired by using Play Coins, and they appear as Mii Dogs). In Puzzle Swap, players gain puzzle pieces by passing other users on the street. Once a puzzle is complete several things may happen, such as the image turning into a short movie or a trophy that can be manually maneuvered (similar to Super Smash Bros. Melee and Brawl, and as shown in the E3 2010 demostration of the Nintendo 3DS). Several of the images are of classic Nintendo characters such as Mario, Samus, Link, Kirby and the Pikmin, as well as secondary characters from those video game series such as Bowser, Luigi and Yoshi. Each 3DS user is assigned a default puzzle, with other puzzles available only through StreetPass swaps. Users who do not use StreetPass can acquire puzzle pieces to an already started puzzle by using Play Coins. A new StreetPass game, rumored to be based on Tomodachi Collection, that will make use of the Mii characters that have been collected in the player's Mii Plaza is slated to be released as part of the November 4th firmware upgrade . More information is expected to come out of the October 21st Nintendo press conference.
A couple of Nintendo DS video games featured a similar feature. Nintendogs' Bark Mode and Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies' Tag Mode both function in a similar manner yet require that the game's cartridge be placed in the system and the mode manually activated. According to Nintendo 3DS producer Hideki Konno, the feature was implemented in the Nintendo 3DS primarily because of the overwhelming success of Dragon Quest IX, particularly in Japan. Konno also revealed that his son was somewhat bored with the similar feature included in the original Nintendogs, emphasizing the importance that Dragon Quest had on the inclusion of StreetPass in the Nintendo 3DS.