Friend Codes Return On Switch, But More Options Are Coming

You'll eventually be able to add someone as a friend using their Nintendo Network ID.

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The release of Nintendo Switch's day-one update revealed that the system makes use of the dreaded friend code system. However, this will be further supplemented (or replaced entirely) at some point down the line.

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In a statement shared with GameSpot, Nintendo said that you'll eventually be able to send friend requests using your Nintendo Network ID or by connecting through social networks. As it stands, the primary method for adding someone to your Switch friends list is to use their randomly assigned, 12-digit friend code.

Here's what Nintendo said when asked about the friends list situation:

"Several methods can be used to add friends as quickly and easily as possible:

  • By linking Nintendo Switch to your Nintendo Account, your friends from Miitomo and Super Mario Run will appear as friend candidates so you can easily send them a friend request. Also, we are planning it so that friends from social networking services will be listed as candidates, too.
  • In the future, you will be able to send a friend request to friends associated with your NNID (Wii U/Miiverse) and Nintendo 3DS.
  • In some games, you will be able to use an in-game interface to send friend requests.
  • You can send friend requests to those who have played with you recently.
  • You can establish a friend through local wireless communication.
  • You can also send a friend request by using a friend code."

Unfortunately, it didn't offer any sense of how soon we might see the NNID and social networking features implemented. Many questions remain about elements of Switch's online service, including how its mobile app will work, when Virtual Console will debut, and exactly how much its premium online service will cost.

Switch launches tomorrow, March 3. For more, check out our review and our roundup of everything you need to know.

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if only if nintendo look at how xbox live and psn's add friends (wii u was similar to that) then they could stop turning people away from the friend code system.

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i would say nintendo is resistant to change...but now it's more likely that they ignored/refused to listen. codes are terrible day 1, and terrible 10 years later.

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"In some games, you will be able to use an in-game interface to send friend requests." Gee thanks Nintendo. Far be it from gamers to expect a simple social interface that works system-wide, that would just be too normal.

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I keep looking for a reason to buy a Switch NOW................and Nintendo keeps telling me to wait.

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@inkman66: Just wait for the NX.

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@inkman66: So playing Games on the toilet isn't a good enough reason?

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@fig56: Smartphone. Wow, The Switch really doesn't have a reason to exist, does it?

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@BrokutheMighty: I guess you forgot about Breath of the Wild huh?

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@fig56: I got BoTW for the Wii U.......could not imagine playing that game on a 6" screen......not even just to take a crap.

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@inkman66: here's some advice, don't bother at all.

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@inkman66: Incoming Switch HD

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Nintendo will insist on pushing that round peg in the square hole.

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It's only 2017, the Internet is still a new concept for nintendo

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While that's annoying as hell, clearly all they're focused on is getting the damn thing out the door. Hopefully by the summer all these online issues and virtual console nonsense are things of the past

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Unbelievable, Nintendo just cannot let it go. You know some times other companies come out with great ideas. It doesn't hurt to emulate them. Emulation is the best form of flattery as the saying goes. Sony and Microsoft have great networks and account systems with trophies and achievements. It would not kill Nintendo to emulate these aspects. I just don't understand Nintendo's thinking process. Not many do.

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Nintendo is the forward thinking company.

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These abominations should have been totally phased out by now.

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@YearoftheSnake5: em

remember this time round people will be paying for this sub par service XD

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@YearoftheSnake5: kill me.

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