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How To Break The Nintendo 3DS's 16 Character Limit On Streetpass Greetings

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Posted April 5, 2011 - By Stephen Johnson

How To Break The Nintendo 3DS's 16 Character Limit On Streetpass Greetings

Along with playing 3D games, the Nintendo 3DS allows you to broadcast a status update to anyone you Streetpass or add as a friend.  Pretty cool, right? The downside: The most you can post is 16 characters -- a weird decision on Nintendo's part, to be sure. Attack of the Show producer Scott Moschella has fixed the problem, however, with a cool web-based workaround.

Here's how it works: You use your computer or smart phone to navigate to 3DStxt.com, fill in the field with your important, long text message, and the site will spit out a URL of exactly 16 characters. Type that URL into your 3DS, and save it as your 3DS "greeting." Then, anyone who Streetpasses you or is on your friend's list will see your URL. If they enter that into a computer or smart phone, they can read your longer message and respond in a comment.

Hopefully, Nintendo will lift the 16 character limit soon, and even if they don't, when the internet browser is added, Moschella's service will be a lot more useful.

The free-to-use service is bare-bones at present, but Moschella assures me he's adding new features like custom URLs and more in the coming days. So check it out and let us know how it works for you.

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