As a fitting last hurrah for the 3DS’ eShop, players are coming together to create a StreetPass revival weekend, where we can fill up our jigsaws and get plenty of friends to help plunder those pesky dungeons.
StreetPassLove, a fan-run organisation, is hosting a worldwide event this coming weekend that will bring 3DS gamers together so you can show off your system and StreetPass with other players! Official representatives are attending a lot of the events, too, so there’s someone on hand if needs be.
March 27, 2023, marks the day that the Wii U and 3DS eShops close, and we can only purchase cartridge games from now on. But! StreetPass and all multiplayer online functions remain in place and continue to work long past the death of the shop.
Not sure how StreetPass works? It’s a feature on all 3DS systems that works automatically when the system is on. You don’t even need wifi – such is the beauty of Nintendo’s local play gimmicks. Every system within 90 ft of another tags each other and send your Mii’s out to play – even if your console is closed.
There are going to be people all over the place with their 3DS in hand, but there are quite a few coordinated events taking place, where the aforementioned representatives will be from March 31 to April 2.
Here are some of the highlighted locations across the world:
- Switch & Play (New York City, NY)
- Nintendo Nottingham (Nottingham, UK)
- Oz Comic-Con (Perth, Australia)
- Kaizoku-Con (Cork, Ireland)
- EVO Gaming Tournament (Tokyo, Japan)
- Paris Manga & Sci-Fi Show (Paris, France)
- South Lamar Alamo (Austin, TX)
- FACTS 2023 (Gent, Belgium)
- London Games Festival (London, UK)
- MegaCon (Orlando, FL)
- Chicago Comic + Entertainment Expo (Chicago, IL)
- Steel City Con (Pittsburgh, PA)
- Kawaii Kon (Honolulu, HI)
- Midwest Gaming Classic (Milwaukee, WI)
- Charlotte Comicon (Concord, NC)
If you wanna get involved in the StreetPass shenanigans, you can join the Discord server right here to find local people to you and meet up with them. StreetPassLove also recommends checking out their Twitter, and tweeting with the hashtag #StreetPassWeekend2023 so people can find you and ping your DS.
Something similar occurred at PAX East this past weekend, too, led by NintendoLife where players attended a meet-up at the event to pass each other’s streets. Even notable Nintendo faces like BeatEmUps joined in. Did you know there’s a queue that forms on your DS if a lot of people cross your path at once? Well, now you do.
To celebrate the 3DS in all its glory, here are our picks for the best 3DS games you can play. For newer titles, here are the best Switch games for kids and some wildlife games we highly recommend.