E3 2011: Wii U Will Not Have Friend Codes

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Wii U No Friend Codes The biggest news to come out of E3 this year is undoubtedly the reveal of Nintendo’s new system, the Wii U. And while many game developers and companies have gone on and on about the system’s capabilities, the public’s reaction hasn’t been as positive. If you’re one of those people still unsure as to whether or not this system is worth all the hype, you may be happy to hear one of the things the system is doing away with: friend codes.

Those who used the Wii online are all too familiar with the concept of friend codes. In order to add a friend to your system’s list, you’d have to input their set of 12 numbers, and the only way it would work properly is if your friend did the same with your numbers. Even then, in some cases — like Super Smash Bros. Brawl — you would need to input yet another set of numbers altogether just to play that game with them. The intent was to prevent kids from talking to random, possibly threatening adults, but it seriously hurt the system’s standing with hardcore gamers.

Thankfully, according to Ubisoft producer Adrian Blunt, the friend codes are pretty much dead in the water. Blunt was showcasing Ghost Recon Online for the Wii U, and was asked about the system’s online capabilities, since Ghost Recon will be heavily focused on multiplayer. Blunt explained that each user of the system would be able to make their own accounts, rather than the system being the account, and that friend lists would be used. It was, naturally, compared to Xbox Live‘s system.

This is a definite good move by Nintendo, as having strong online capabilities is practically required for any game system today. The question is, what else will Nintendo add to the Wii U’s online experience, if anything at all? Blunt seemed to hint at more, but didn’t give any concrete info. When asked about the possibility of achievements, he simply said he couldn’t give an answer at the moment.

Is the knowledge of a good online system enough to get you to buy the Wii U? Do you think the inclusion of achievements would be a good thing for the system? Leave any thoughts you may have in the comments below.

Stay tuned to Game Rant for more news and updates as E3 2011 continues through the week.

Source: MTV

TAGS: E3 2011, Nintendo, Wii U

  • http://gamerant.com Jeff Schille

    This is obviously good news, though I can’t help pointing out that with just one controller per system, it had better be pretty easy to get online.

    • Poncho

      You can use all existing Wii stuff, including controllers, with the Wii U.

  • maru

    everyone will still be skeptical since there is no strong 1st party games lineup yet and how really the graphical ability of wii U fair with the current gen consoles. This is a good news tho but they still need to tell us what’s the deal gonna be with the new controllers

    • Poncho

      Are you kidding?! An HD Zelda Game, Pikmin 3, and Smash Bros. 4?! You’re telling me that isn’t a strong lineup?!!

  • Nichtus

    Until I find out how much this thing’s gonna cost, I’m not promising I’d buy it. But believe me when I say that this is just one more step in the right direction.

    If only it didn’t have that absolutely awful name attached. I mean seriously, Nintendo, do you have a grudge against modern consoles?

  • Daimyo Nintendo

    Its about time. Regardless of Wii’s success in console sales, its lack of hard core games led Nintendo (im glad) to utilizing the resources the company has their disposal, i.e. internal R&D, developers, publishers, and the online game communities like Gamerant, IGN, etc. I am glad Nintendo final listened to what people had to say about how Nintendo needs to improve its home consoles. As a lifelong Nintendo fan I know they like to do their own thing, but there is no reason why they cant have their cake and eat it too.