PSA: 3DS firmware update adds StreetPass 'Relay Points'

A new Nintendo 3DS firmware update adds StreetPass "Relay Points," which store user data to pass on to the next person who shares that game.

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A new 3DS firmware update has been released, adding the promised StreetPass functionality that untethers you from virtually fist-bumping other human beings in person. As Nintendo teased earlier this summer, version 6.2.0-xU can now use "relay points" for easier StreetPass-nabbing.

The official site (via Joystiq) notes that Relay Points will be set at Nintendo Zone locations, the downloadable demo stations that you may have seen in some retail chains, like Best Buy. Those relays will temporarily store a user's data and then pass it along to another 3DS user who visits.

This way, you don't have to rely on having to pass someone physically in the real world for StreetPass content. So even suburban dwellers will be able to get new houses from Animal Crossing: New Leaf simply by visiting their local mall.

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    August 7, 2013 7:00 AM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, PSA: 3DS firmware update adds StreetPass 'Relay Points'.

    A new Nintendo 3DS firmware update adds StreetPass "Relay Points," which store user data to pass on to the next person who shares that game.

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      August 7, 2013 7:26 AM

      not sure how handy this is. i've never seen one of those things. i saw it pop up as a message when i was at the airport but i could never connect to nintendozone. all i've got to do is take public transit to get a handful though.

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        August 7, 2013 8:29 AM

        iirc McDonald's has a partnership with them and counts for this, so that should make them fairly common

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          August 7, 2013 8:39 AM

          I guess just not in Canada.

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            August 7, 2013 8:42 AM

            in Canada too http://www.nintendo.com/3ds/nintendozone - when I plug in my postal code every FS and McDonald's near me counts

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              August 7, 2013 8:47 AM

              awesome, the mcdonalds that is a block away has one as well as the 2 a few more blocks away and all the fedex stores in every direction. no starbucks though even though i live between 2 brand new stores.

              downtown toronto by the way.

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      August 7, 2013 7:59 AM

      It's very handy. Every Starbucks and McDonald's in the U.S. is now a street pass opportunity.