Nintendo Switch brings back the widely reviled Friend Codes

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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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