Report: Wii U Ditches Friend Codes

June 9, 2011 -

One of the Wii's biggest problems was multiplayer and the way Nintendo handled connecting with friends to play anything even remotely online capable. I'm speaking of Nintendo’s terrible friend code system. Apparently it is on its way out, according to a VG247 report - citing an MTV Multiplayer interview with Ubisoft producer Adrian Blunt.

During a demo of Ghost Recon Online for Wii U, Blunt told MTV Multiplayer that the new console will finally have normal user accounts for online games, rather than having a code representing each console. Blunt says that the new system is a lot like gamertags on Xbox Live.

"Rather than using friend codes, which we’ve had in the past, we’re able to connect players in a much easier way, which allows us to have a community that’s playing together in the game," he said.

While we hope that Nintendo will have a network system in place so that all games can use one single user id to play online, no one is talking about it right now. That's our hope at least.

For now multiplayer on Wii U is a mystery.

Source: VG247


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Re: Report: Wii U Ditches Friend Codes

I'll believe it when I see it.  They said the same thing when the Wii came out.  First it was going to be no friend codes.  Then it was going to be just one console friend code instead of one for each game.  And then it turned out to be pretty much the same damn thing as on the DS.

Re: Report: Wii U Ditches Friend Codes

It's essentially already done. The 3DS has one friend code, which it uses for all online-capable games.

You give yourself a nickname, which is pretty much your gamertag, and that's it. I'm sure the Wii U will run on the same, if not a similar, principle. Considering that there's already suggested connectivity between the 3DS and the Wii U. (Smash Bros. FTW)

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Re: Report: Wii U Ditches Friend Codes

As much of a hardcore Nintendo fan as I am, I think I speak for just about everyone when I say this: Halle-freakin'-lujah!

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Re: Report: Wii U Ditches Friend Codes

Can I get an "AMEN"?

Re: Report: Wii U Ditches Friend Codes

AMEN, and cue up Ode to Joy. The whole friend code system--if you could even call it a system--sucks.

Re: Report: Wii U Ditches Friend Codes

Indeed, I'm glad that the 3DS is more or less done with it.

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