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Report: Wii U says goodbye to friend codes

It’s no secret that Nintendo’s friend code system isn’t exactly adored by gamers, but it looks like Nintendo will be ditching their long-winded approach to online communication in favor of something more akin to Microsoft’s gamertag system, with the Wii U.

The report comes from MTV Multiplayer, who got the news from Ubisoft producer, Adrian Blunt, at E3.

During a demonstration of Ubisoft’s multiplayer-centric Ghost Recon Online, the site questioned Blunt on whether or not he thought Wii U was a good platform for the title, considering “Nintendo consoles traditionally aren’t very online capable” to which he replied “There’s a few things on that. The first is the ability for individuals to make accounts. Rather than a machine having an account, each individual user has an account.”

MTV then questioned him further, asking if Nintendo’s new online ID would be equivalent to a gamertag on the 360. All blunt had to say to that was “Yeah, exactly”

He also made it clear that searching for, adding and playing with friends just wont be as difficult anymore. “Also the ability to easily find friends. 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 explained.

That’s all the Ubisoft producer was willing to say about Nintendo’s new ID system, but the simple procedure of adding friends through an online name is one that we’d welcome to the Wii U, with open arms.


Edited On 09 Jun, 2011

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