Gaming Game Play & Streaming The Difference Between SpotPass and StreetPass Share Pin Email Print Nintendo 3DS StreetPass. Nintendo Game Play & Streaming Consoles & PCs Cheats & Codes Gaming Services Game Play & Streaming Mobile Gaming By Nadia Oxford Writer Nadia Oxford is a former Lifewire writer with 10+ years' experience. Her articles have appeared in Pocket Games Magazine, Play Magazine, Game Pro, IGN and others. our editorial process Twitter Nadia Oxford Updated March 31, 2019 Wondering how your Nintendo 3DS connects to the outside world? The handheld video game console has communications systems called SpotPass and StreetPass that differ in several ways. SpotPass vs StreetPass SpotPass refers to the Nintendo 3DS's ability to access a Wi-Fi connection in order to automatically download certain kinds of content. StreetPass refers to the Nintendo 3DS's ability to connect to another 3DS system and swap certain information (also wirelessly, though without the need for a Wi-Fi connection). When SpotPass is Used SpotPass is generally used to download game demos, videos from the Nintendo Video Service, SwapNotes, and additional content for games that you already own. How StreetPass Works StreetPass allows two Nintendo 3DS units to exchange certain information. This information includes Miis (collected Mii characters will automatically go into the Mii Plaza), specific features in StreetPass-enabled games, and SwapNotes. At StreetPass Relay Points, you can collect data from the most recent six visitors.