Wednesday, November 10, 2010

EXP Podcast #103: 3DSocialite

While the main draw of the Nintendo 3DS remains its titular capacity for accommodating a third visual dimension, other thought-provoking features are beginning to emerge. According to The Wall Street Journal, Nintendo is looking to implement a variety of networking and communication features aimed at turning the device into a platform for social gaming. Nintendo’s on-line strategy (such as it is) has always been unique, and it will be interesting to see if this strategy signals a bold new direction or simply another half-step towards towards keeping up with Internet-focused devices like the iPhone.

Some discussion starters:

- Is a single-use portable gaming device still appealing?

- What are your thoughts and concerns regarding the StreetPass and SpotPass programs? Does it affect your attitude towards the 3DS overall?

- Aside from obvious matchmaking functionality, what is the potential of services like StreetPass?

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Show notes:

- Run time: 27 min 23 sec
- “Nintendo Bets Big on Social DS System,” by Daisuke Wakabayashi, via The Wall Street Journal
- Music provided by Brad Sucks


  1. I feel it's worth noting games like Nintendogs that had sleep-mode LAN play were somewhat of a precursor to this feature. Granted, the Nintendogs feature was not popular in the US, but it did exist and was pretty interesting.

    One Japanese DS game gave players points and prizes for carrying their DS around in sleep mode, one point or prize per wi-fi signal. This motivated one of my friends to carry his around much more.

  2. Hey Chris,

    Thanks for stopping by, and for the info. I could really see something like this catching on if Nintendo pushes hard enough. People love prizes, and they really love showing off their prizes. Just look at Facebook...