Nintendo Switch finally launches tonight here in North America, and the world is pumped to get their hands on Nintendo’s newest console. To prepare the system for launch, an update has gone live that will launch a number of its online features. This includes sharing screenshots on social media, using the eShop, redeeming retail games on My Nintendo, accessing local WiFi hotspots, using the parental controls app, and general online play functionality. However, there is a catch to these online features at the moment: the return of friend codes.
Friend codes have been looked down upon since their introduction in 2005 with the Nintendo DS. When the Wii U launched in 2012, they were removed in favor of the more simplified Nintendo Network ID. Now it seems the company is taking a step backward, as the Switch does not have any way to search friends by their Nintendo Account information. Instead, you will either have to connect with them locally, play a game with your friends and add them after, or enter their 12 digit friend code.
While this may appear to be a bad thing now, Nintendo has expressed that they’re actively working on other ways to add friends by using social media platforms and Nintendo Network IDs. So don’t fret if you fear friend codes. It seems they are only one of many options to add new gaming buddies to your Switch.
What do you guys think of this? Should the search features have been ready for launch? Are you okay with friend codes? Let us know in the comments below!