Nintendo’s friend codes are back, ladies and gentlemen. But, before you run screaming for the hills, there is a bit more nuance to the process than usual. The day-one update for the Nintendo Switch is live, a day before the official launch in North America. (It’s already March 3 rd in Japan.) With that update has come the eShop and the minimum online functionality. Included there is the friend list and ability to add people to your list.
Which means friend codes. To add someone, you have to input their several-digit friend code or vice-versa. However, that’s actually not the only way to connect with your pals. You can also look through players you’ve played games with online to add friends and check the “Suggested Friends” section to find players you’ve added through Nintendo’s mobile games. It has been noted anyone you’re friends with through Miitomo or Super Mario Run (who has a Switch of course) will show up here. You can also search for a local user and make friends in person.
If you’re not interested in messing around with friend codes, you can go through those other options. It sounds weird, but ultimately could be a much less painful process. Frankly, friend codes aren’t a big deal in the first place, but it is certainly more work to add people with the Switch than it is with the competition.