WiiU

Nintendo to Drop Friend Codes for Wii U?

by Danny Bivens - June 9, 2011, 9:46 am PDT
Total comments: 8 Source: http://multiplayerblog.mtv.com/2011/06/08/wii-u-di..., (MTV Multiplayer)

Ubisoft's games might need online accounts, but Nintendo aren't promising this yet. 

Ubisoft Producer, Adrian Blunt, has said that the Wii U will no longer require the use of Friend Codes for online connectivity, but instead, Nintendo will offer an account based system similar to what is found on Xbox Live and the Playstation Network. This was revealed in an interview with MTV Multiplayer.

However, Joystiq reported that during Nintendo's recent developer roundtable, it appeared that the online features were wanted features for Wii U from Ubisoft, and are by no means confirmed. Nintendo did not comment specifically about the online features for their upcoming console.

The original quote read that the Wii U will feature “...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." 

Ubisoft is currently working on five titles for the Wii U, including Ghost Recon Online, which will rely heavily on Nintendo's future online infrastructure. 

Talkback

EnnerJune 09, 2011

Maybe Ubi Soft, Electronic Arts, and other third party people are putting some pressure to getting Nintendo's online structure built in a form they will like.

BlackNMild2k1June 09, 2011

Hopefully they apply that same pressure towards multiple uScreens per console.

Chozo GhostJune 09, 2011

Its good that developers are putting pressure on Nintendo, and more importantly that Nintendo seems to be willing to comply. The DS supposedly stands for "Developer System" and was supposedly designed according to a developer's wishlist. It is time they applied that same philosophy to consoles as well.

Ian SaneJune 09, 2011

They should do this but it is going to look incredibly stupid that this has a normal way to do online while the 3DS is still using friend codes.  The time to figure this out was about a year ago.

Mop it upJune 09, 2011

I just hope that it is still 100% free.

Chozo GhostJune 09, 2011

Quote from: Mop

I just hope that it is still 100% free.

Free is nice, but after what happened to PSN I decided I'm willing to pay for quality if need be.

Mop it upJune 09, 2011

Eh, the price of download games should be able to cover that. Playing online needs to be free.

EnnerJune 10, 2011

Quote from: Chozo

Quote from: Mop

I just hope that it is still 100% free.

Free is nice, but after what happened to PSN I decided I'm willing to pay for quality if need be.

I have a hard time believing the possibility of money being a issue in the security woes of the Playstation Network.

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