3DS StreetPass at WonderCon 2011
This weekend I made my first pilgrimage to WonderCon – the Bay Area’s largest annual comic book convention. I’ve had an on-again-off-again relationship with comics since ordering my first pair of x-ray glasses from the back of The Amazing Spider-Ham, but it was the convention’s video game offerings that finally forced me to make the trip.
Amongst the hundreds of comic stands, poster corrals and anime doll shops, a few video game publishers decided to have some floor presence this year. Nintendo and Capcom both had decent size booths showcasing mostly their upcoming Nintendo 3DS products, so I figured it be the perfect formula to ignite my very own Nintendo 3DS’s dormant StreetPass mode.
Before I delve to far into my StreetPass experiences, let me just say WonderCon was almost too overwhelming. I’ve been to over 10 E3s but nothing could prepare me for the sheer crowd size and shoulder to shoulder browsing that made it almost impossible to really enjoy the experience.
Despite the crowds, I managed to trek past the Nintendo and Capcom booths a few times in hope of snagging a few StreetPass tags, and I’m happy to report, my StreetPass mission was a complete success! My first walk through garnered a whopping 10 connections in just a 15 minute period and by the end of the day I was extremely happy to find 0ver 30 new Miis in lingering around my StreetPass plaza.
Thanks to the above pictured fellow Nintendo 3DS owners I was able to conquer two more Find Mii dungeons and complete two 3D puzzles. One StreetPass game I wasn’t successful in was Super Street Fighter IV 3D; I found fellow Street Fighters just fine, but I got my ass handed to me via the game’s figure collection mode. My Street Fighter StreetPass record is an embarrassing 2 Wins – 14 Loses; time to go back to the drawing board for that game’s strategy.
Another surprise I discovered this morning is that my Ridge Racer save file ended up picking up some StreetPass racers too! After popping the cartridge in, I noticed a green dot above Ridge Racer’s icon, and after navigating to the game’s StreetPass Duel mode it was refreshing to see 4 new Duels and 8000 StreetPass bonus points awarded.
Overall I was super impressed with how the Nintendo 3DS StreetPass features worked with little to no effort. After a post week depression of not finding any StreetPass Miis locally, it was nice to see my StreetPass plaza populate almost instantaneously with fellow early adaptors. I’ll still be carrying around my 3DS daily in hopes of another chance encounter, but now I’m counting down the days till this year’s E3 – Los Angeles Convention Center here I come!
Just for those who are curious, my 3DS StreetPass name is DigitalNps – if you happen to run into me virtually be sure to leave a comment and say hi – my greeting includes a little plug for the site.