Nov 7th, 2012

Wii U friend codeFinally, we can all breathe a sigh of relief! Nintendo has confirmed that the Wii U will not use the dreaded Friend Code system, and will instead rely on a much simpler account ID system, much like Xbox Live and every single other user account system on the planet. This will be one’s Nintendo Network ID, which will likely also be carried over to the 3DS in the future.

The Wii U will feature an improved online functionality compared to the original Wii, and will employ Nintendo Network for many of its online features. Such features include online multiplayer, the Wii U eShop, Miiverse, and more. It was recently confirmed that players will have to download many of the online features via a day-one software update from Nintendo, when the Wii U console boots up for the very first time.


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  • Wils81

    Praise da Lord!


      In total agreement here…

      Now lets see if they let me keep my Gamer-name…

      • AKA-Link77

        B-4 wen Nin said that FC’s where coming back i went into a meltdown-depression for weeks! But now they made it so its simple & easy! 😀 *Stabs FCs’ heart!*
        Its been said and ill say it agian! :
        Thank da lord ,Nin. and all that is holy!

        • Friend Code

          ♪♪ How could this happen to me!?
          I’ve made my mistakes
          I’ve got no where to run!
          The night goes on as im fading AWAY! ♪♪

          • ChubbiestLamb6

            most perfect comment ever

        • theorangefish

          No more Friend Coooooodeeeeeess
          Oh my god, oh my god, oh my god, oh my god!
          Yeeeessss, yeeeeeesssss, yeeeeessssss, yeeeeeeesssssss yeeeeeessss, yeeeeesss

          who knows that n-sixtyfoooouuuuuurrrrrr meme?^^

          P.S.I never did any online stuff with the wii or 3DS (maybe because I don’t own one) but I know how those f****ng FCs are.

    • BLACK OPS 2?


      • WORMPOD


      • dr scoobie

        im not allowed broadband.
        i am willing to pay the first two years upfront.(which i have the money for)
        but i am still not allowed broadband.

  • TheCruzKing

    Thank Goodness

  • ZeldaFreak4Life

    Thats what I’m talkin’ about baby!

  • SUperMetroid1234

    Finally we know now i cant wait more than ever.

  • totesawks

    OBAMA Re-elected. And now, no friend codes.

    • Lord Carlisle

      Yeah… no.

    • Wils81

      Halo 4 came out, Romney was not elected (Obama is meh, but I definitely do not want Romney)… and now FC is dead! 😀

      • Me

        Halo 4?


        • WanowZuk

          If you have an Xbox 360, I highly recommend you try out that game. What may interest you is that the former lead designer of Retro Studios worked on the Halo 4 (which is why the HUD and the art style looks suspiciously similar to Metroid Prime). It’s definitely a great game!

      • dr scoobie

        im scared that a morman/jehova witness might get elected someday.
        im worried that they might ban abortions
        ,blood transfers, non christian games or ban schools from
        teaching evolution. or worse!

        but we all know thats never going to happen.(excluding top line)

        • Bbelt

          Don’t worry, a true Jehovah’s Witness would never run for political office.

        • mojojojo888

          Yea, gosh, it would be terrible if the wholesale slaughter of innocent babies was banned…man, I can’t imagine living in such an unjust and terrible world…not to mention evolution not being taught, jeez, people might actually become semi-educated then…what a bleak outlook for mankind…

          For Pete’s sake, can we please keep these ignorant, short-sighted, and unintelligent comments off of the gaming boards? Please?

      • name

        Why would you bring up politics into gaming? People like you seriously annoy me.

    • Mark Emmanuel Thom


    • LyingTuna

      Hahaha! Exactly what I was thinking!

    • Rage quit

      Not my wk

    • Roedburn

      Please keep political statements of this site. I, as well as many others I’m sure, would appreciate.

      • JumpMan

        yeah, what Roedburn said. i’m fricking sick of politics. and don’t pretend Obama is good. he’s literally the worst thing that has happened to the US. you dissagree? i don’t care. it’s the Freaking truth. i’ve got 16 trillion dollars of debt and counting to prove you wrong.

        • Kav

          Because Bush and the 9/11 was awesome, right?

          • mojojojo888

            No, but thats the only crutch anybody who stands for Obama can come up with…”Bush ran up debt, Bush passed through a huge stimulus bill full of pork, yada yada yada”….yea, and Obama has amassed more debt in one 4 year term than every president in history combined including Bush, wastefully spent 1.4 billion in taxpayer money last year on vacations and recreations while the country is pushing double digit unemployment, and essentially is accomplice to the implicit murder of americans in Benghazi on the scale of Watergate X 10, yet hasn’t and won’t be brought to any kind of justice because the man lives ‘above’ the law.

            Bush was an idiot, but Obama is the worst president this country has ever had, bar none. Get an education.

          • Guhtere

            Obama making the unemployment rate go up and butt f*cking the economy to death is awesome, right? Just face it, Obama sucks out loud and the only reason he won was because he bribed the electoral college.

        • Kyron

          ^ …baby goes “whaaaa….waaaa…..wwaaaaaaaa”

        • MujuraNoKamen

          I don’t think Obama’s great like a lot of people said he would be in 2008 but he isn’t bad either. If he is the worst thing that’s ever happened to the US, then that’s only because Romney, the fanatical nut-job (who is quoted saying I don’t care about the poor) wasn’t elected. It wasn’t Obama who got the country into debt, it was idiotic bankers and previous administrations (who supported the bankers’ greed) that drove the whole world into despair.

        • dr scoobie

          america had so much debt that it would be impossible to pay back
          in the short time obama has been president.

          the fact that they are still in debt means nothing.

    • dr scoobie

      made even better by the fact that i ate a bannana for breakfast today.

    • Guhtere

      Obama being re-elected is a bad thing. He’ll just be doing what he has been doing these past 4 years, NOTHING. I want to move to Canada so I don’t have to live with Obama ruining our country.

  • Nate

    Thank god!

  • TheBoldman67

    Ummm, you guys miss-spelled first on the last line, also very good to say good-bye to friend codes.

  • Nintendork28

    FINALLY! 😀

  • Lati

    account id doesn’t matter, unless you can see other peoples ids as you play with them online

    • rp17

      No, without ID you couldn’t play a lot of games online.

      • Jeffery02

        He means that it doesn’t matter whether it is a Friend Code or an ID unless other people’s IDs can be seen online.

  • 3dsguy

    This wait is killing me need it now

  • Oracle of Truth

    Good news. Nintendo is making strides in terms of online services. Along with Mii Verse, the company is embracing social connectivity like never before.

  • wiiuland

    this is awesome

  • the guy


  • dubYA

    Huzzah! A cooked goose for everyone!!!

    • iluvwiiu

      eww no thanks but yea thank god NO MORE FRIEND CODE

      • JumpMan

        fine! MORE GOOSE FOR ME, KIND SIR!

  • NintendoFlo43

    Good News!

  • Bilbo Baggins

    IT’S ABOUT TIME!!! I was starting to worry nintendo, now I am officially getting the wii u.

  • -IVIatrix+

    awww yeahh

  • SortableShelf19

    Uh Wii U Daily You spelled first wrong. it’s spelled “firs”

  • nintendofreak

    im so happy i feel like kissing d first girl i see……to bad my class full of dudes

    • JumpMan

      welp, you know what that means…

  • Nintendope

    As Austin Powers would put it..


    • Angus Young

      He might also say that the Wii U is shagadelic.

  • Wii u

    In the last sentence, you said very firs time. It’s hard to take you guys seriously sometimes when you make so much typos.

    • iluvwiiu


      • Kirbymon123

        …. They fixed it. Calm down.

    • Reggie “My Body Is Ready” Fils-Aime

      Were you being funny or did you make a typo? Yea you made a grammar typo, so much typos.

      • MyBodyIsReady

        well this is awkward…

  • Nintedward

    I guess my Nintendo network ID will be ”Nintedward”. If any one else called Edward uses that ID , I will find you and I will cut you!!!

    • Leeroy

      Mine will be either leeroy or pikamastr8

    • NintendoMan :D

      I’ll probably just use my Mii name: Josh 😀

      • HyrulianUtopia

        Mine will be RoboticLink (It’s actually me but I got banned for some reason, so call me RoboticLink incognito).

    • LyingTuna

      Mine shall be… LyingTuna! Bet you couldn’t see that coming!

    • Kirbymon123

      So it wont be a number!? YES Kirbymon123 it is!

    • Game Master

      My ID name will ether be Aaron Castle or Game Master

      • JumpMan

        Octomortus39! you know, cause octo, and death in Latin and 39 and stuffs and no friend codes and omgsoexcited and ldfjnslkgsdhjgsldgkshg and….. FLEEGLESHNARTZLE!

    • MyBodyIsReady

      mine will probably be Unleashed831 or ScubaSteve

      • Damiao

        Haha I like scubasteve

    • Ravyu

      If you name yourself “Nintendward”,
      I will find you,
      And I will add you…

  • Leeroy


    • Rage quit

      Hahahahahhahahahahahhahahahahh that is funny hahahhahahahahahhahahahahahhaha how long you said that



  • swic11

    This is a relief indeed…

  • Dereq

    Anyone who takes “Derek Foreal” before I do is going to get kicked in the liver!!

  • Ledreppe

    What a relief!

  • CRT_hater777

    GOOODDDD LLLOOORRRDDDD HALLEJUAIA!!!! (I spelled that wrong)
    Can’t wait!

  • Linskarmo

    Wonderful! Account IDs will be far more convenient than friend codes.

  • MetroidFAN

    Yes! thanks Nintendo! Good bye FC! 😀

  • Madmagican

    HELLL YEA! gonna be so much simpler for multiplats now 😀

  • Derp

    Interesting. I thought Nintendo was going to keep freind codes since they “protect” against “strange anomynous users” from contacting you. I guess I was wrong, and good thing too.

    This will make it way easier to find friends and people you meet.

  • Gabe Hoffman

    YES! YES! YES! Suck it haters!

    • Rage quit


  • Armani

    Well not its all worth my $400K haha

    • Rage quit

      That is poor

    • Nintendude

      I think you need to correct your statement.

  • lakersfan

    Glad there’s no more 10-20 some digit codes. Even more importantly though, the system for online multiplayer still needs to be good. I remember trying to play SSBB w/ my friends online on Wii but every time we wanted to play we had to call on the phone and walk through the whole process of where he was and where I was and it was almost not worth attempting to play online. I have faith in Nintendo though. They’ll pull it off.

    • Kyron

      Hey lakersfan, you ever heard of Miiverse?

  • Arsonist Monkey

    Too bad i’m probably going to die of anticipation…

  • HyrulianUtopia


    Thanks Ninty, you just made my day.

  • BananaPwnz

    THANK GOODNESS! Those codes were so annoying

  • Maverick-Hunter

    Oh fuck yearhhhhh !!!! Death to the friend code now all I need is a bag of weed some mountain dew and ninja gaiden 3 razors edge!!!

    • Nintenlord

      ^junkie 🙁

      • Rage quit

        Yeah no kidding

    • got my pre order

      you must live in colorado…

      • JumpMan

        ^^^^ best words i have ever seen ^^^^

      • Rage quit


    • dr scoobie

      i think you might need
      something stronger to play that game.

      from what iv heard.

      • Zeldatrek fc 3780-9021-0732

        In that case dr scoobie can you write me a prescription? 😉

      • NintendoMan :D

        Something is terribly wrong with some people on this website…

  • Kirbymon123

    In ssbb I had to call my friends and tell them to go online. Now I hope I’m notified when my friends are online, and can easily message them and then be like, hey, you wanna play ssbu?

    • Kyron

      What do you think Miiverse is for?

  • Rage quit

    Well I hope this is not poorly rated because all I have to say is 1. Can’t wait till ssb4 comes out and scribblenauts unlimited and all other games I’m craving to have 2. Wiiu you can also try to get on bk 3. Walmart will sell them before they come out 4. I like it because you can play when the tv is off and look of a size of a baseball on wii sports ahh soooooo fun 5. I hope you like my comment thanks

  • Hater Of Zer0

    This is great.

  • eli

    oh great! that’s allot less annoying!

  • Kevin White

    So is it first come, first served on the user names?

  • xamy

    finally,at last!

  • Reali-tGlitch

    I had already figured this much. I wasn’t worrying about friend codes in the first place; it was a no-brainer.

  • 30yearsofnintendogaming

    friendcodes are the reason me and my friend arent friends on wii

  • Grodus

    woo. That is all.

  • FriedChicken


    • KentuckyFriedChicken


  • Teves153

    Yes I thought the friend codes were a bitch to get

  • Bambam

    Running Crazy!! NO MORE FRIEND CODES..Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!

  • loltume


  • Zeldatrek fc 3780-9021-0732

    One thing comes to mind. Let me sing it for U.
    halleLujah hallelujah Hall lay ayay LU-jah
    halleLujah hallelujah Hall lay ay LU-jah
    FOR NIN TEN DO HAS GOT RID of Friend codes
    FOREVER AND EVER HalleLujah halleLUjah

  • Jbaeza

    From now on I shall be known as Arsenal~Gear!

  • Angus Young

    If the account thing is carried over to the 3DS, will it remove my friends and replace my friend code with the account I make?

  • kyuubikid213

    Tears of Joy have been shed…

  • Fat Albert

    In honor of this victory who wants to Brawl online for a last time??

    Name’s Gian: FC 1163 7735 9925

  • Lazyboy88

    I don’t know about you guys but i think this is the best news of all the news we’ve gotten so far.. Long Live Nintendo! Huurray!

  • bb

    Fffffuuuuuuucccccccccckkkkkkkk no friend code

  • Dingo

    The way joystiq worded their description was that the Nintendo Network ID was still a numeric ID, rather than a username. Which is annoying, but then N never has to hire anyone to enforce naming policy.

  • Dingo

    Figured I would quote the article i mentioned “Users can exchange this numeric identifier to add friends, just like the Friend Code, but it will also be possible to register friends you meet in the “Miiverse” community and the “WaraWara Plaza” lobby that appears when you turn the system on. “