During the European Live Feed of their Nintendo 3DS Conference, they just announced that there will only be one single Friend Code for the 3DS systems. It's no longer software dependent. This is a big big improvement!
@Simbabbad Yeah but on the other hand it's a bit more annoying putting in a bunch of codes. If I were on here and you said your username is Simbabbad I'd remember it next time I went to add people as opposed to having to write it down or be in front of my laptop.
Still this is good news.
I wonder if they have gotten rid some of the other annoyances of friend codes. For instance, if I put in someone's code will it send a friend request? Or does that other person also have to put in mine? XBLA and PSN work the first way, but I have a feeling Nintendo is still going to go the second way? Which makes it slightly more annoying. For instance, someone new to Negative World could just go and add everyone and it would send out a bunch of friend requests, as opposed to having to send out messages to each and every person. I'm pretty curious what direction Nintendo went here.
Also other questions like if we're in games will we see who is logging on and off, can we send friend requests to strangers we play with (even Metroid Prime Hunters let you do this), is there going to be a viable voice chat option, etc. Has any of this been answered?
It's not with a console either, unless you don't have a laptop. I'm just saying it has to be a more active process, you can't just think oh yeah, I wanted to add *insert name here*. Plus these suckers will probably be 16 digits or so and it might be easy to type in the wrong thing accidentally, although I think the Wii tells you when a friend code isn't a valid code? This is another part where it would help to allow for friend requests without both people having input the code, if one person fucks it up the other can still send a request.
@Simbabbad I'm not unhappy, I just hope they really are trying to do this right. It's like how Sin & Punishment has leaderboards which is a step forward for Nintendo, but then you play games with leaderboards done right and it's tougher to go back.
Either way it is infinitely superior to the current system.
Another thing I wonder is if they are going to have any way to link Wii 2 and 3DS codes so you don't have to exchange both of them with friends. Probably not, but maybe.
@Simbabbad You're confused, I never said it would still have game specific codes, I said no one should be shocked if it does. I didn't really expect it, I just considered it a real possibility and it seemed everyone was assuming change without proof. I like proof. People often call me a skeptic...
Nintendo says a lot of things though. Like, we're listening to you core gamers, we have a ton of core stuff ready for you... here's a new Animal Crossing that doesn't really add anything new! What's that, Disaster and Fatal Frame? Never heard of 'em.
Anyway I'm just saying it wouldn't have shocked me if they still had some weird game specific thing going on. And all I was trying to do was sort of open up that possibility to avoid a total meltdown if it ended up being the case.
Being able to actually see your friends online and look at what they are doing is a major step forward that is most appreciated. System specific friend codes certainly beat out different ones for different games too. However, still using friend codes at all is archaic and comes as a disappointment (when it was revealed a little while back anyways). The fact that they are baby-stepping their way into a proper online infrastructure is not at all surprising though.