The image above highlights a new feature of the 3DS known as “Game Coins,” which players can accumulate in order to unlock bonus content. What sorts of bonus content this might be are so far unknown, but we do know that one of the ways to rack up coins is via a built-in pedometer that tracks how far your 3DS travels with you on the go. Coupled with the previously-announced “SpotPass” and “StreetPass” features, there seem to be a number of benefits in the works for those who carry their handheld around with them.
On the one hand, I personally hope that this doesn’t wind up being Nintendo’s own spin on downloadable content, and that instead it serves as a pure “rewards” system of sorts. Either way, we’ll find out what we can spend our Game Coins on sometime in March