While Nintendo pretty much stole the show yesterday with their press conference and the announcement of the Wii U, they didn’t do a good job at giving us details about their console at the conference.  That’s what the following days are for.  Today, it was confirmed that friend codes on the new system will be a thing of the past.

While it was alluded to during the conference that Nintendo was working with EA to fix their online support, it was confirmed today that the Wii U will utilize a single online identity rather than using friend codes.  You will be able to build a friends list and possibly post to leaderboards in a similar fashion to XBL and PSN.  The difference between the two though is the WiiPad (which seems to be the popular name for it).  Friends, leaderboards, and possibly social feeds will be posted on your WiiPad, so you can keep track of them while you play.  No news on if this will be the norm for all games, but publishers of Ghost Recon: Online are using this as the backbone of their gameplay.

What do you guys think?  I know that friend codes have never been the most popular way to get online and play.  Can Nintendo fix their online play and actually compete against XBL and PSN?

Source: Joystiq
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  • Zeldafanboyman213

    Seems alright
    Are they going to have like a Username type of I.D like PS3 and Xbox?

    • Ryan

      Probably, man

    • Volcan

      God I hope not.

      The name's Volcan, not Volcan224.

      • asdf

        Just make sure you take the name before anyone else does. 😡

  • mattj

    This is such great news. I'm glad they're finally coming into the 21st Century (don't mean that in a bad way). As a pokemon player, I know how annoying FCs can be firsthand!

  • It's about fucking time.

  • Xosgni

    Let's just make it official- Nintendo won E3.

  • Z-MAN7

    no more friend codes = hell ****ing yes!

  • IcePhantom

    Would somebody please explain to me why it took Nintendo three systems (DS, Wii, 3DS) to figure out that Friend Codes were a bad idea?!

  • sk8on9876

    that shit was hellla annoying…

  • Link16

    I reads this earlier I AM SO HAPPY:D

  • I'm glad they're doing this. I hated friend codes.

  • KingOfHeart

    Friend Codes are annoying to me.

  • Moosetracks

    omg yes. Maybe Smash Bros online will actually be fun to play now, and maybe "Basic Brawl" will allow for more than 2 min time matches…

  • x4dennis24

    this is great, now they only need an trophy/achievement system, im thinking medals maybe?

  • DoctorYou

    Praise Nayru, it's finally gonna happen!

  • @x4dennis24 It’s already been stated that Nintendo has no plans for any sort of global achievement system. They feel that forcing a system like that on developers is wrong. If the developers want something like that in their games, they’ll put it in themselves.

    @everyonedissingfriendcodes The friend code system I felt was a really awesome system. Though the DS and Wii versions were horribly executed, the 3DS friend codes are finally done the right way; that is, a single code for all your games. I liked friend codes because we didn’t have to choose some random name if our name is already taken. We could have pretty much any name we wanted… Without friend codes, we’re losing that freedom! D:

    • I didn't know that the 3DS only had a single code. That was the ideal compromise for me. I was so happy when Guitar Hero 5 came out and the developers were able to get around the need for the game itself to have a code and using the Wii Address Book codes instead. It was a LOT more user-friendly. I'm happy for both a single code or a name-tag as long as either system is well-executed.

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