StreetPass How To Pick Up Miis

Published on April 5th, 2011

"Lonely Mii with a bubbly personality searching for friends to have a good time. Enjoys collecting art, going on quests, playing video games and visiting plazas. Doesn’t like ghosts."

If the above sounds like your Mii, we know exactly how you might be feeling. You’ve just bought your 3DS, created your first Mii and activated your StreetPass – happily taking a 10 minute break in between, of course – but no matter where you go or how hard you try, you can’t seem to find anyone out there sharing their Mii.

So, if you’re desperate to build up your collection of StreetPass Miis, what can you do about it? Over the past week we’ve conducted an experiment, touring the south east of the UK and crossing the Channel into France in a search to find the best places to pick up Miis. And the results may not be entirely as you’d expect.

GAME, Welwyn Garden City, 26/03/2011, 13:00.

You’ll never forget your first time, which for us happened to be with a guy called Encarta upon returning to the place we bought our 3DS. Encarta seemed to be the strong and silent type, with a five o clock shadow strapped to his chiselled jawline, but choosing to remain completely silent during the meet and greet process of the Plaza. One down, hopefully many more to go.

Miis caught: 1
Total Miis: 1

Sainsbury’s, London Colney, 26/03/2011, 15:00

We’d expected one of the biggest Sainsbury’s stores in the country to play host to a couple of 3DS-carrying shoppers, but we came away bitterly disappointed. Nothing to see here.

Miis Caught: 0
Total Miis: 1

Blockbuster, St. Albans, 26/03/2011, 19:00

The 3DS launch weekend obviously meant everyone was at home playing their 3DS rather than getting ready to settle in with a DVD. No Miis here. Plenty of unsold 3DSs, though.

Miis Caught: 0
Total Miis: 1

Tesco Extra, Hatfield, 29/03/2011, 19:00

Another big supermarket, and again not a soul to be found. Worth the trip for the Krispy Kreme donuts, however.

Miis Caught: 0
Total Miis: 1

The Fighting Cocks, St. Albans, 29/03/2011, 21:00

A quick pint at our local didn’t do much good for our 3DS social standing with no-one choosing to visit our Plaza at any point during the night. The pub, it seems, isn’t the place to pick up Miis.

St. Pancras International Station, London, 30/03/2011, 14:00

With thousands of people passing through the doors of one of London’s biggest train stations, we were optimistic about meeting a few new Miis for our plaza. But unfortunately it wasn’t to be.

Miis Caught: 0
Total Miis: 1

Paris Nord Train Station, Paris, 30/03/2011, 18:00

Finally, success! Hopping across the Channel soon proved fruitful as our handheld’s green light alerted us of inbound StreetPass pals. Two Miis joined us: abe and Bibi, the latter donning cat ears and most recently playing with the Activity Log. Both, it turns out, had also shared StreetPass data with us in Ridge Racer 3D and Super Street Fighter IV.

Miis Caught: 2
Total Miis: 3

A French Restaurant Whose Name We Don’t Remember, 30/03/2011, 21:00

Despite being one of the more stylish restaurants in the part of Paris we were staying, someone still decided to bring their 3DS along for dinner. Either that or someone walked past with their 3DS outside. We’ll take either.

Miis Caught: 1
Total Miis: 4

Porte Maillot Metro Station, 31/03/2011, 09:00

With European journalists joining us on our visit to France, we knew there would be plenty of Miis being shared around. But with only five journalists and one PR carrying a 3DS in a group of about 40 of us, there was still disappointingly little Mii love in the room. Fred, Ashka, Yohann, Crevette, Piti Fee and Lee all wandered into our Plaza, most with messages we’re still struggling to decipher. Petit Fee likes cats and dreams of gaining super powers, though, so we’d better keep our eye on her.

Miis Caught: 6
Total Miis: 10

A1(M), 01/04/2011, 18:00

A quick tour of the A1(M) brought surprisingly solid results as we cruised next to a passenger playing his 3DS in the car alongside us. His Mii called himself Bardock, but rather bluntly asked us to ‘suck his dick’ as he entered the Plaza. How rude.

Miis Caught: 1
Total Miis: 11

Tesco Extra, Hatfield, 01/04/2011, 19:00

Returning to the same Tesco later in the week brought more social success as Jordan and ninbendo entered the gates. The week since launch obviously meant more people had 3DSs in their hands, or that existing users had learned how to turn on their StreetPass. Add another two to the tally, numbers man!

Miis Caught: 2
Total Miis: 13

Sainsbury’s, London Colney, 02/04/2011, 15:00

Fitzy and Silvz both greeted us as we returned to Sainsbury’s which, like Tesco before it, suddenly seemed to have a surge of 3DS users.

Miis Caught: 2
Total Miis: 15

PC World, Stevenage, 03/04/2011, 11:00

Where in the world? Evidently not PC World as we struggled to pick up any Miis in a branch of the UK’s largest specialist computer store. Next up: furniture shopping.

Miis Caught: 0
Total Miis: 15

IKEA, Edmonton, 03/04/2011, 15:00

It seems Miis don’t like DIY as our Plaza remained visitor-free during a trip to IKEA. Maybe we should try a trip to Sweden next time..

Miis Caught: 0
Total Miis: 15

M25, 03/04/2011, 17:00

It’s possible we may have been going too fast for StreetPass to transmit and receive the amount of data required for StreetPass, as we could have sworn we saw a few people using their handhelds in cars alongside us during our journey along the UK’s busiest motorway. Nevertheless, there were no new entries by the time we got home.

Miis Caught: 0
Total Miis: 15

VERDICT: Judging by our results, if you want to pick up Miis in a hurry it seems you might have to consider taking a day trip to France. Alternatively become a games journalist.

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