Nintendo Network Details
This update has been a long time coming, but Nintendo’s friend codes are finally going bye bye. These friend codes have long been the symbolic icon of Nintendo’s struggle in internet gaming. Friend codes have been cumbersome, tedious, and all around annoying. The 3DS took some steps to improve the system, but fans were still let down by a lack of a user account based setup.
With the Wii U, now less than hours away from launch, more details about Nintendo’s new internet platform are coming to light. To the relief of many, friend codes are entirely gone and have been replaced with what is called a Nintendo Network ID. This id, simply put, is a username. When creating a Mii within the Wii U OS, you can register an email and ID name for your account.
Friends can then add you through that network id name. Unlike in the past, you can now see your friend list through an application. This application will show you friend requests, a first for a Nintendo system.
We will be updating the site with more information about Nintendo’s new online platform over the next few days. Stay tuned!