On Thursday, Nintendo finally revealed some updates about their upcoming console the Nintendo Switch. However, to the dismay of everyone, the company announced it will be using the much-hated Friend Codes to connect friends online. This news came two months after Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime said that they will not use that system on the console.
“There are not friends codes within what we’re doing,” Fils-Aime said in an interview with CNET back in January. This caused every gamer to celebrate as they certainly do not want that system to be in the new console. But in a recent announcement, Nintendo revealed that the Friend Codes are back.
According to The Verge, the 12-digit codes used by the original Wii and 3DS for online services are having a comeback in Switch. The reason, however, is not yet clear as to why Nintendo brought it back. It is even after they used a Network ID on Wii U which was consolidated into a main Nintendo Account. All seems to be moving forward, but after the announcement on Thursday, it is clear the gamers are going back in time.
More Details On Nintendo Switch Friend System
Apparently, the new Friend Codes are different from the original version used in Wii and 3DS. The Verge added that each Friend Code is seemingly tied to an account instead of individual devices. Also, the system is now one-way. This means that once your friend adds you, you simply have to accept the request instead of adding them as well in return.
Furthermore, gamers will be able to send friend requests even without exchanging their 12-digit code. They can now add nearby players and those gamers they recently played with. Polygon also reported that aside from using Friend Codes, there are three other ways of adding friends on Nintendo Switch: search for local users, search for users you’ve played with, and send friend requests.
Lastly, users can also import friends from mobile games like Super Mario Run and Miitomo. Linking your Switch to your Nintendo Account is also a great way to add friends. Nintendo even told Polygon in a separate report that they will be adding additional methods to the Switch for friends after the console’s launch. It would include existing social networks and users’ Nintendo Network ID.
Do you think bringing back Friend Codes on Nintendo Switch is a great idea? Or will it be the reason why people would not patronize the console? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.