Nintendo simplifies online gaming for 3DS

Friend Code system gets easier

Nintendo has reinvented its system of Friend Codes for new handheld console 3DS.

The current system, seen on Wii, forces players to invite friends via individual codes for each game they play - and has gained a reputation for being cumbersome in comparison to XBL and PSN's alternatives.


Whilst demo-ing 3DS's Street Pass functionality at its Amsterdam launch event this afternoon, Nintendo Europe managing director of marketing and PR Laurent Fischer said that owners of the firm's new console will only ever have to enter a friend's code once when they buy the console - rather than for every time they want to play them on a different game.

"You never have to input the code to play with the same friends online," said Fischer.

The new system ensures "community can happen easily", he added.

Nintendo explained in a press release: "Fans of online play will be happy to learn that the friend codes for Nintendo 3DS are specific to each Nintendo 3DS system, not each game.

"Once friends trade hardware codes, at any time they can check their friends list to see which of their friends are online and what they are playing."

Check out our live stream of the event through here.