During the company’s E3 analyst briefing, Nintendo revealed how they’ll be improving the 3DS’s functionality in North America and Europe.
StreetPass allows passive communication between 3DS systems in close proximity, such as sharing or swapping game-specific content.
According to Nintendo, the StreetPass functionality—while very successful in densely populated Japan—hasn’t taken off as well in North America and Europe due to greater population dispersion. To get around this, Nintendo aims tap into Wi-Fi access points such as Starbucks and McDonalds to create StreetPass relay points. This would allow users to share content by visiting the same location even at different times.
Nintendo plans to implement an update that adds relay point functionality to StreetPass by the fall.