Rumor: Friend codes returning for 3DS

A fleeting mention of friend codes in Famitsu's preview of Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition has caused speculation that Nintendo's cumbersome system of adding online friends will make a return for the 3DS.

In its most recent look at Super Street Fighter IV 3D's online multiplayer features, the Japanese game magazine makes mention of the ability to play against random opponents or fight friends via a buddy list that is managed using – dun dun duh! – 'friend codes.'


Whether this is in reference to an in-game system or a universal multiplayer policy, Nintendo isn't saying. Still, the mere mention of 'friend codes' is enough strike fear into the hearts of Wii and DS owners who don't want to spend another few years juggling 12 to 16-digit codes just to play a quick match of Donkey Kong Kart Racer Sports Edition 3DS with friends. True, this takes all of one minute to do, but the practice is needlessly complicated when compared to the quick and painless approach to adding contacts on other systems.

Jan 13, 2011

[Source: Andriasang]

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  • BlindMarksman - January 15, 2011 3:18 a.m.

  • monsterhunter3rox - January 14, 2011 6:40 p.m.

    WHAT THE FU- i mean,this sucks donkey(kong)balls.
  • Hyawatta - January 14, 2011 3:24 p.m.

    User Code System with Game/User Access and Availability Controls Solution There should be one User Code for each user, instead of using a separate Friend Code for each game. The Nintendo 3DS system should include a menu in its firmware that allows you to control, organize and choose which of your games will be accessible to particular users that you have User Codes for. For example, Let’s say that I have the games Nintendogs + Cats, Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition, and Animal Crossing 3DS. Let’s say that I would like to play online games with the users Brother, Friend, and Acquaintance. I want to be able to play all three of my games online with Brother; I want to play Street Fighter and Nintendogs with Friend, but I do not trust him to be in my town in Animal Crossing; I want to play Nintendogs online with Acquaintance, but I don’t want to play with him in Street Fighter or Animal Crossing. Using the old Wii and DS/DSi Friend Code System, I would give my Friend Codes from all three games to Brother, and I would receive all three of his Friend Codes. Then, I would give only two of my Friend Codes, the one for Street Fighter and the one for Nintendogs, to Friend, and I would receive those two Friend Codes from him. Finally, I would swap Friend Codes for only Nintendogs with Acquaintance. Using the new 3DS User Code System, I would give my User Code to each of the other three users, Brother, Friend, and Acquaintance, and I would receive each of their User Codes (Just one User Code from each of them). Then, I would go to the menu in the Nintendo 3DS firmware and organize the settings so that Brother has access to all three games, Friend sees only Street Fighter and Nintendogs, and Acquaintance can only see that I have Nintendogs. The User Code System also allows for more customization. As with Monster Hunter Tri, having a User Code allows me to use any User name that I want for my account (Even if it is in use by other users). Also, it has the added benefit of allowing me to change these settings as I see fit. Besides having the ability to change my username whenever I want, I would no longer be stuck with someone having a Friend Code for my game where I no longer want to play online with that person. For example, if I no longer wanted to play Nintendogs with Acquaintance, I could hide the game from his view. Or, if I don’t want to play Street Fighter with Friend anymore, I can hide that game from his view. It would also be convenient to add games to users as well. If I wanted to play Street Fighter with Acquaintance I can make it available for him to see that I have it. Or, if I wanted to play Animal Crossing with Friend I can make that game available to him, all without having to provide or retrieve more Friend Codes. The User Code System should even be able to allow multiple users to login to a single Nintendo 3DS system with each of their configurations saved for them (Think of single system households with multiple Nintendo 3DS users). I hope that this has been explained clearly enough. I believe that this will work, and I hope that Nintendo uses a system like this. As inconvenient as it is to use Friend Codes in their current state, at least it functionally keeps Friend and Acquaintance out of my Animal Crossing town. I would not prefer a system that allowed anyone with my User Code to connect to any of my games or even show them which games I own. As long as there is a way for me to control, set up, and organize which of my games are available to which users, then I’m good. That is why have not been too upset with the current system. However, I believe that this can be done in the firmware instead of through the use of multiple Friend Codes. With the Nintendo 3DS, now is an opportunity to improve the efficiency and convenience of a functionally effective system.
  • Taxtm - January 14, 2011 9:36 a.m.

    At this point, it seems incredibly pointless to keep insisting that every DS and Wii owner has to put in a friend code for people they want to play with online. People who really wanna play with people online and have an internet connection are still just gonna post their Friend Codes on the internet with others, and everyone will copy them in, and just play with random strangers that way. It's a flawed security system that isn't even hardly needed. If you're going for security like Nintendo has been, it seems just as pointless to erect a wall in the middle of a field that people can just walk around, in attempts to keep them from reaching the other side. In the end, they still get to the other side, and all you've managed to do is waste their time with efforts that didn't work in doing what they were designed to do.
  • Fr00b - January 14, 2011 5:44 a.m.

    WTF, there are already too many friend codes for Wii! y not do what psn and xbl did with gamertags?
  • thesuperspacejew - January 14, 2011 4:31 a.m.

    @Hullonotna I'm pretty sure the reason for the whole system being implemented was a feel-good 'measure' to keep the media and detractors at bay. But seriously. They are lagging behind literally the ENTIRE industry and need to step their game up. It's a new handheld, and gamers and people in general know that pedophiles do not stalk the wilds of online Mario Kart looking for children. It's a perfect opportunity for Nintendo to at least try to do away with such an archaic and unnecessary system for online interaction.
  • happymasksalesman - January 14, 2011 2:55 a.m.

    Stop getting all out of sorts. This is barely any information, so for all any of us know, Nintendo has streamlined Nintendo Wi-Fi and the friend codes are literally just a friends-list. Hopefully that's the case. The idea of random online battles in Street Fighter leans towards this assumption.
  • Nap1400 - January 14, 2011 2:10 a.m.

    NO! NO! NO! NO! BAD NINTENDO! *spank* BAD! Seriously though, GET RID OF THOSE STUPID CODES! No online gamer likes those.
  • powerpc127 - January 14, 2011 1:58 a.m.

    Mother FUUUUUUUUUUUUU- I might be getting the 3DS, but I'm certainly going to be "providing feedback" about this. I know the wii 2 is gonna hit development cycles soon, and not having an integrated online infrastructure would just be inexcuseable.
  • Camoxide - January 14, 2011 1:22 a.m.

    Hopefully you'll only have to enter one 10 or so digit code and you wont have to add people for each game you buy. It'd be better if there was a master (parent) account and sub account for their children. Say like you could have a setting on the sub account where people can only add them to their friends if they add you back however the sub account can't see when someone's requested to add them. Or all friend requests could go to the master account for approval. 100000000
  • DarkPaladin - January 14, 2011 12:30 a.m.

    It continues to amaze me how Nintendo can be so forward-thinking most of the time, but when it comes to anything online are so completely out of sync with the rest of the gaming world. The 3DS would have been the perfect time to introduce an account-based system.
  • Unoriginal - January 14, 2011 12:30 a.m.

    What do they have against online gaming? Seriously. Get with the times, Nintendo. I know it says rumor in the header but really, no one belives them to suddenly go all pro-online. Prove me wrong Nintendo.
  • mEgAzD - January 13, 2011 11:06 p.m.

    Great job Nintendo if this is true. :p
  • bobbybroccoli - January 13, 2011 10:59 p.m.

    look I'm not accustomed to friend-code-free on-line gaming. This isn't much of a deal to me. But for pete sake nintendo!!!! You're pissing of a big fraction of your consumer market!
  • pastycaucasian - January 13, 2011 10:43 p.m.

    Come on doesn't Nintendo know that the friend code is so bad for online with other people. I gave up on the Wii because it was so dumb punching in friend codes just to play with my friends.
  • StuntzMcKenzy - January 13, 2011 10:28 p.m.

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! How long will it take Nintendo to learn how to make a easy to online gaming platform!?
  • Thequestion 121 - January 13, 2011 10:25 p.m.

    Ugh.... I hate friend codes. Please Nintendo, seriously update your online services
  • venom65437 - January 13, 2011 10:02 p.m.

    Ugh, God. WHY? Maybe if everyone could have one code instead of a code for the system, and then a different one for a game it wouldn't be so bad but I can't stand all this stupid crap. I never play anything online with my Wii and DS because of the 300 numbers you have to punch in.
  • 93bleach - January 13, 2011 9:48 p.m.

    I really don't see a problem people have with friend long as you have a random option...I'm may be that I don't have a lot of friends who play video games...but i could really care less...and if it handles it where you just have to type in the code once and that person is on your friend shouldn't be a problem at all...
  • Hullonotna - January 13, 2011 9:44 p.m.

    I don't really think that this feature is necessary. A contact list or even a server would be able to do the same thing without the problem. It is like having to enter the PC disc code in order to play the game but having to do it each time the game turns on :(

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