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Nintendo: 3DS is “indispensable”, will “surprise” you

Monday, 31st January 2011 22:49 GMT By Brenna Hillier

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Speaking on the many and varied qualities of 3DS, Nintendo UK gneral manager David Yarnton and marketing manager James Honeywell have said that StreetPass is an integral part of the portable’s appeal, turning it into “indispensable” kit sure to “surprise” you.

Yarnton told CVG that Street Pass-enabled surprise is one of 3DS’s biggest strengths.

“There’s a quote from Miyamoto in which he says one of the biggest things he wants to do is surprise people – and that’s what we’re looking at with the 3DS,” he said.

“For example, when you have StreetPass and you walk past someone else who has Street Fighter for virtual fights, or downloadable content when you’re at home when you open the machine and there’s something new – it’s to surprise people all of the time.”

“We want to make 3DS something that’s indispensable – something you always pick up,” marketing manager James Honeywell added.

“So when you leave your home and pick up your keys and mobile phone, you take your 3DS because on that trip out you don’t know how many other people you’re going to walk past, how many other SpotPass or StreetPass opportunities you’re going to have.”

“Those elements of content are very important,” he continued, “But we need to make sure we’ve got lots and lots of different things just to make people really want to take that console with them all of the time.”

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5 Comments

  1. Hunam

    Hunam: 3DS is “region locked”, will “disappoint” you.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. SplatteredHouse

    Their software lineup, however, for the most part is eminently dispensable. I do not need or even want to play OoT again. It’s a great game, but I’ve owned it several times, over various Nintendo machines, and played all I need to out of it.

    “For example, when you have StreetPass and you walk past someone else who has Street Fighter for virtual fights”

    Gotta wonder how much of a commonplace occurence that would actually be, averages and factors considered…I’d go DOA if any fighter there :p Be that as it may, there are several other places to play Street Fighter, better. Are they trying to sell it through the name? I don’t think in the space of DS(whatever) that it’s too powerful, really.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. xino

    if before -me-!

    I’m not really digging this streetpass, it would work with something like Iphone since everyone has one.

    Because in UK, 60% are Sony fanboys!

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Hunam

    Nah, the PSP bombed fucking massive here dude. We just liked the PS2 a bunch.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. hitnrun

    “For example, when you have StreetPass and you walk past someone else who has Street Fighter for virtual fights”

    Do they actually think that’s going to happen, and will be a fun thing that people will do? That concept failed years ago.

    Not to say that people won’t connect systems and play with their friends via the link – they’ve been doing that intermittently for 20 years and constantly for the 12 years since Pokemon went global – but the whole “creepy nearby person” thing has never taken off, for reasons that now seem obvious.

    It seems even less likely to work with games than with music, since you can only have one DS/3DS cart in your system at a time.

    #5 4 years ago

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