Nintendo has confirmed that the Switch will finally do away with the largely disliked friend codes system for online play.
In an interview with cnet, Nintendo of America’s Reggie Fils-Aime confirmed that the company has no plans that include the 12-digit ID numbers. “There are no friend codes in what we’re doing” Fils-Aime commented, though according to cnet, connecting with friends will be on a case-by-case basis. Exactly what this means remains unclear, but it doesn’t sound like you’ll just have one set online ID that will permanently be your online persona.
Fils-Aime also discussed the switch to a paid online subscription service, rather than the Wii U and 3DS’ free model. “The reality is, the way that online experiences have progressed, it’s an expensive proposition. The amount of servers we need to support Smash Brothers or Mario Kart — these big multiplayer games — is not a small investment.”
As part of the online subscription, players will also get access to a NES or SNES game each month. Though, once the month is over, players will have to pay to continue playing them.
The Nintendo Switch goes on sale on March 3, and its online subscription service will follow later in fall.