Revenge of the Friend Codes!! Also, achievements.

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

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Remember how one of the Nintendo representatives said that they were done with friend codes? Remember how much everyone rejoiced at the thought that we wouldn’t have to deal with that annoying, incredibly inconvenient system? Well, it looks like our celebration might have been a bit premature.

In an interview with Kotaku, Reggie “The Purple Pikmin” Fils-Aime disclosed some new details regarding the Wii U. One of those details included whether the Wii U was truly done with friend codes. He said that they will, but they will be better this time around, pinkie-swear. “What do I mean by that? Here’s what I mean: you will be able to identify people as friends and have a certain level of interaction vs. a different level of interaction for the more general population. The method by which you identify someone as a friend is a lot simpler than what’s happening today with Friend Codes.”

He also mentioned that, while Nintendo’s developers won’t be using achievements in their games, the Wii U will have an achievement-like system similar to the 3DS’ achievements in the StreetPass Plaza. “Once you start getting into game-specific [Achievements] that’s developer driven.”

Keep in mind that all this information about the system is coming from Reggie’s mouth, not Iwata’s. Until we hear directly from Iwata’s mouth, take what Reggie says with a grain of salt. If you want to read the whole interview, you can check it out here.

About Kyle Emch

Kyle has been studying music at college for about three years now. He's played the piano since he was 6 years old and has been recently been learning how to write music. He has followed the Operation Rainfall movement on Facebook since it started and was happy to volunteer for the website. Just don't mention Earthbound or the Mother franchise around him.