任天堂、米国の3DS『すれちがい通信』難民救済に中継所を導入。2万9000か所のWiFiスポットで預かり

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2013年07月22日, 午後 12:24
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米国の任天堂 (NoA)が、米国向けのネット発表 Nintendo Direct Mini で「StreetPass」(すれちがい通信)の強化策を発表しました。

米国のユーザーはゲーム店や家電店、カフェやファストフード店など全米2万9000か所に設置された無線アクセスポイント Nintendo Zone に立ち寄ることで、以前に同じ場所を訪れた3DSユーザーと時間差で「すれちがい」できるようになります。
すれちがい通信(英語では StreetPass)といえば、スリープ状態でも周囲の3DSや無線LANアクセスポイントを探して通信できる 3DS (DS) の仕様を活かした機能。3DSを持ったプレーヤー同士が「すれ違う」ことで、似顔絵アバターの Mii どうしで挨拶を交わしたり、ゲームのアイテムやら自慢のペットやらを見せびらかしたり交換したり、すれ違った相手のAIキャラクターと対戦したり、あるいは兵士としてリクルートするなどなどさまざまに使われています。

実際に物理的に近くにいた誰かとの通信であることから、ユーザーにとっては見知らぬ他人であっても3DSプレーヤーが周囲にどの程度いるのか把握できたり、この地域で流行のゲームが何なのか実感できるといった役割もあります。いわゆる「ソシャゲ」の脅威が騒がれる以前の前世紀から、ソーシャルな体験としてのゲームを意識してきた任天堂らしい仕掛けです (例:初代ポケモンからわざわざ赤と緑を用意)。

さて、ニンテンドー3DSでは本体機能として組み込まれ大いに活用されている「すれちがい通信」ですが、問題は周囲に3DSを持ち歩くユーザーがいなければすれ違えないこと。日本国内でも「すれちがい難民」の嘆きは耳にしますが、人口密度が低く自動車社会の米国ではさらに深刻です。(すれちがい通信にはディスカバリから通信確立・終了まである程度の時間がかかるため、自動車の速度ですれ違っても通信できない。)。

これを解決するために米国向け Nintendo Direct Mini (7月18日)で発表されたのは、全米2万9000か所の Nintendo Zone アクセスポイントを「中継所」として活用する仕組み。Nintendo Zone を訪れたユーザーの3DSから「すれちがい」通信データを一時的に預かり、後から来たユーザーの3DSに時間差で渡す仕組みです。

米国で Nintendo Zone が設置されているのは、大手家電チェーン店の Best Buy や Future Shop、ショッピングモールの Simon Malls など。またマクドナルドやスターバックス、書店 Barnes & Noble などにある AT&T WiFi スポットなど。

日本でもかつて初代 DS の時代には一部の駅や店舗にすれちがい通信の「中継所」が設置されていましたが、現在のセブンイレブンやゲーム店などにある Nintendo Zone は中継サービスを提供していません。米国に準ずる過疎地向けに中継所の復活が望まれるところです。




動画は米国版の Nintendo Direct mini。あくまで米国のプレーヤー向けですが、とびだせ どうぶつの森や 真・女神転生IVは何というタイトルでどう発音されるのか、日本向け未発表タイトルなどがよほど気になる人はごらんください。ホスト役として木を揺さぶったりしているのは NoA社長のレジナルド「レジーさん」フィザメイ氏ではなく、宮本茂 氏の通訳としておなじみのBill Trinen氏。古くからNoAのローカライズチームに所属する人物です。

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EarthBound is Now Available; Enhancements to Nintendo Zone Announced


Nintendo Direct Mini Reveals Wii U and Nintendo 3DS Updates


REDMOND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- At long last, Super NES classic EarthBound is now available as a Virtual Console game in the Nintendo eShop for Wii U for $9.99. Nintendo announced its availability during today's Nintendo Direct Mini video. Nintendo also revealed that Nintendo Zone locations will be getting StreetPass enhancements to let players connect with one another, and reminded people about this weekend's Pikmin 3 demo program at select GameStop and EB Games stores.


"Not only do Wii U owners have a big lineup of great games on the way like Pikmin 3 and The Wonderful 101, but they also have access to Virtual Console classics like EarthBound," said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America's executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. "If you haven't already, this is a great time to jump into the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U experience."


To view the Nintendo Direct Mini in its entirety, visit http://www.nintendo.com/nintendo-direct.


Information in today's Nintendo Direct Mini included:


EarthBound Launches: EarthBound is available right now for $9.99 in the Nintendo eShop for Wii U.




Pikmin 3: The head-to-head battle mode features 12 different stages with three different variations per stage. Players might want to grow lots of Pikmin quickly, while others want to make quick-hit guerrilla attacks to grab prizes. Every battle is different, as players adapt to different variables, stages and opponents. Players who go through Story Mode, Mission Mode and co-op Mission Mode and have broadband Internet access will be able to compare scores and stats with other players from around the world. Pikmin 3 launches Aug. 4 in stores and in the Nintendo eShop.




GameStop Demo program: Nintendo had a great response to its hands-on demos of four upcoming Wii U games at more than 100 Best Buy stores during E3. As a result, Nintendo is bringing Pikmin 3 to more than 250 GameStop locations in the United States and EB Games stores in Canada on July 20 and July 21. Fans who pre-purchase a digital version of Pikmin 3 at any GameStop store this weekend will be able to download the game on Aug. 3 – one full day before it launches. For more details about the pre-purchase program and to see a list of participating U.S. GameStop locations, visit http://www.gamestop.com/events. Canadians can visit http://www.EBGames.ca to find participating EB Games locations.




Nintendo Zone StreetPass Enhancement: In a few weeks, Nintendo 3DS owners will be able to visit any Nintendo Zone location to have virtual StreetPass encounters with other Nintendo 3DS owners in a relay format. Whenever a Nintendo 3DS owner goes to a Nintendo Zone location and has the StreetPass feature enabled, they will be able to StreetPass with the last person to visit that location. This enhancement gives everyone more opportunities to StreetPass with other players. Best of all, visitors will be able to get StreetPass data for all their StreetPass games at once. There are more than 29,000 Nintendo Zone locations across North America at locations like Best Buy, Simon Malls, Future Shop and at AT&T Wi-Fi Hotspots, which can be found at places like Starbucks, McDonalds, Barnes & Noble and AT&T retail stores, among others. In addition to StreetPass, Nintendo 3DS owners can connect their systems to the Internet for online play, Nintendo eShop shopping or just to check for SpotPass data or system updates.




New Downloadable Nintendo eShop Games: Three great games are coming to the Nintendo eShop in the next few weeks. Capcom is bringing DuckTales: Remastered to Wii U with hand-drawn, animated sprites, original Disney character voice talent and richly painted level backgrounds from the classic cartoon TV series. Cloudberry Kingdom from Ubisoft is a platformer with a random level generator that gives players a new challenge every single time. The difficulty level can match any need and adapt to the physics of each playable character. In Spin the Bottle: Bumpie's Party from KnapNok Games, two to eight players sit around the Wii U GamePad controller and dance, spin, grab, jump, hide, pump, pass and squeeze their way through a series of fun mini-games.




Animal Crossing: New Leaf Image Share Reminder: Hold down the L and R Buttons at any time in Animal Crossing: New Leaf to snap a picture of the game screen and save it to the SD card. Players can then access the Nintendo 3DS image share website through the Nintendo 3DS browser to upload the pictures directly to their social media accounts like Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr.


Fire Emblem Awakening and Shin Megami Tensei IV Promotion: Anyone who registers both Fire Emblem Awakening and Shin Megami Tensei IV at Club Nintendo by Aug. 31 will receive a code that can be redeemed for a $30 credit in their Nintendo eShop account. Both games are available in stores and from the Nintendo eShop.




Remember that Wii U and Nintendo 3DS feature parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about this and other features, visit http://www.nintendo.com/wiiu and http://www.nintendo.com/3ds.

 
 

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