One of the coolest things about being a Nintendo 3DS owner is getting to see that little green light in the upper right-hand corner of your system blink into existence. It means youve StreetPassed with another 3DS owner, and his or her avatar is just one more to add to the growing population in your Mii garden. Ah, but what if your plaza is a barren wasteland?What if you seem to rarely encounter another 3DS in the wild?How can you get more StreetPasses on your Nintendo 3DS?There are a lot of lonely Nintendo 3DS systems out there, and theyre all dying for the chance to meet you. Here are a few tips for getting the most out of your StreetPass experience.
Make Exceptions for Your Location
The Nintendo 3DSs StreetPass feature was designed with Japans dense cities in mind. Needless to say, the more people you pass by on your daily commute to work, the likelier it is that someone in the crowd will have a 3DS thats dying to talk to yours. But if you live in a rural area, should you just shrug your shoulders and assume youll never catch a StreetPass?Nope!Dont throw in the towel without a fight: With a little persistence, youll find your StreetPasses.
Take Your 3DS Everywhere!
Take your 3DS with you wherever you go. Make it your new best friend. After all, its small and it doesnt eat much. Put it in your purse, your satchel, your knapsack, your oversized paper bagwhatever you carry around with you when youre out and about. The 3DS is an expert at sniffing out signals that pass by it at rapid speeds, so even whipping by another 3DS owner in a car might land you a StreetPass.
Conferences, Conventions, and Sporting Events are Fertile Grounds
Attending a public gathering?Dont go without your 3DS. People that have a hard time picking up StreetPasses almost always make a point to bring their 3DS to big events, so dont be left out. Make extra sure to bring your 3DS to game-related conventions (or related gatherings, such as comic books or anime conventions). Youre certain to score. Speaking personally, I grabbed over 300 StreetPasses at E3 2011. Your results may vary.
Make Sure Your 3DSs Wi-Fi is Turned On
You dont need a Wi-Fi signal to utilize StreetPass, but your Wi-Fi signal does need to be turned on. Dont forget!
Dont Let Your Battery Run Out
You can pick up StreetPasses when your 3DS is closed (in sleep mode). Even though your 3DS’ battery drains very slowly when the system is closed, it can still run dry. Keep an eye on the lights on the bottom of your 3DS: If you see a red light beside your blue Power On beacon, youre dangerously close to an automatic shutdown. No battery means no StreetPasses, which means you might miss out on a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to gain a unique Mii. Speaking personally (again), a dead battery caused my husband to miss a StreetPass from legendary Nintendo employee Shigeru Miyamoto. Dont let this sad event befall you. Keep your 3DS charged and ready.
Check-In Your New Mii friendsRegularly
Garnering StreetPasses isnt simply a matter of turning on your 3DS and going to town. The Miis you meet queue up at your Plaza gate ten at a time. Once there are ten, you cant grab any other Miis via StreetPass until you work your way through the lineup at your front door. In other words, if youre in an area with a lot of 3DSs, be vigilant about checking in your Mii friends. Otherwise, you might go home with ten Miis when it was actually possible to meet hundreds.