Mario Kart 7: Profiles, SpotPass and StreetPass
Compete against ghosts and share info with racing fans from around the world.
Mario Kart 7 uses both the SpotPass and StreetPass features of the Nintendo 3DS, giving players a chance to get even more from Nintendo's addictive racer. Here's what you can expect.
The first thing you'll want to do is set up your online profile, achieved by clicking Mario Kart Channel on the main screen, and then on your Mii icon in the lower-right. From here, you can select which Mii you'd like to display to other players, as well as create a custom message for everyone to see. You can also customize the default vehicle, and design Grand Prixs to share.
If you click on Settings from this screen, you can choose whether or not you want to use SpotPass or StreetPass, and you can also let people know the region of the world you're in (for example, New Jersey), as well as an online status that seems automatically generated. For more information, you can see online-related stats on the top screen, including how many StreetPass tags you've received.
SpotPass automatically downloads ghosts that are used in Time Trial mode, with Nintendo's staff providing the first batch; they're pretty good. SpotPass will also suggest communities you can join with like-minded gamers.
StreetPass allows for the same ghost and racer sharing, but this time with folks you pass on the street, so long as they have their Nintendo 3DS systems. This is an easy way for friends and strangers to exchange info.