Nintendo Switch brings back the widely reviled Friend Codes


No one rains on Nintendo’s parade quite like Nintendo itself.

While the gaming internet raves about how sensational the new Zelda game is, Nintendo’s just-deployed day one update for the Switch — out March 3 — exposes a darker truth about the new console. Friend codes are back.

Here to ask the most pressing question of all, Mr. John Stewart….

Nintendo’s 12-digit codes — which are 14 characters on the Switch, with an “SW” at the front — are used to sync up with friends online. So where services like PlayStation Network, Steam and Xbox Live employ user-selected nicknames, Nintendo uses a jumble of numbers. Read more…

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