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.




  • onepiecem7

    HAHAHA Reggie “The Purple Pikmin ” Fils-Aime 

    • Oh, I’ve got plenty more where that came from. 😛

    • onepiecem7

      Please, gave more,

  • RyanOPR

    I don’t know. Just seems like the other consoles are more convenient. Nintendo stubbornly refuses to do what the competition does even if it is extremely successful. I think it’s a pride thing, they won’t use anything they didn’t think of themselves. I just hope that stubborness doesn’t hurt them in the long run.

    • Ninty

      We’ll have to wait and see what this simpler system is like. I know what you mean though, Nintendo finally decided to add something as simple as joysticks that click in with the Wii U controllers. They seem to really be trying to be more savvy this time around with some more common trends.

  • Dan Lyons

    I wanted achievements though… 

  • I swear you can see achievements implemented in New Super Mario Bros. U. “Cleared Level in 100 seconds” Or am I missing something?

    • People at Nintendo have previously stated that they won’t use achievements in their main games. The whole getting people to do specific tasks for an arbitrary reward isn’t in their design philosophy.

  • I swear you can see achievements implemented in New Super Mario Bros. U. “Cleared Level in 100 seconds” Or am I missing something?

  • NOOO! I hate “friend codes”… never been able to play in multiplayer because of that 😐