Nintendo Switch Uses Friend Codes to Add Friends

The Nintendo Switch release date is March 3. In the run up to this, the company has released a patch for the console. This enables a host of online services like the Nintendo eShop storefront to buy games digitally and the ability to use SD cards.

Nintendo Switch Uses Friend Codes to Add Friends

It has also been discovered that the console uses Friend Codes — Nintendo’s confusing 12-digit code to add your friends to your friend list.

“Yep, we finally have our day one online functionality of the Nintendo Switch and can confirm that the main way to add friends will be using Friend Codes. You can also search for local users, add friends you’ve played with and also add friends from Super Mario Run and Miitomo. Although, it looks like you’ll need to give someone a 12 digit friend code to add them,” writes Press Start’s Shannon Grixti.

Linking Nintendo Account to your profile
Adding friends
Receiving news
Accessing eShop
Posting screenshots on social media
Sending/receiving Miis
Software updates
Connecting My Nintendo Rewards program
SD card support
Initial reviews range from overwhelmingly positive to absolutely scathing. While we’re yet to get our hands on the device ourselves, it appears that Nintendo’s console handheld hybrid concept is a whole lot more divisive than the company would like.

We discuss everything about the Nintendo Switch, its launch line-up, pre-orders and the return of local multiplayer on Transition, our podcast on gaming and pop culture.

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Nintendo Switch Review Round-Up: Should You Buy Nintendo’s Latest Console?

Ending fans’ long wait, the Nintendo Switch console will be launched on March 3. While we’re yet to get our hands on a unit for a Nintendo Switch review, more than a few sites have put up their detailed impressions, which range from overwhelmingly positive to rather damning.

“It’s nicely built and cleverly designed to be used in a variety of ways, but the bottom line is that the Switch doesn’t do any one of the many things it can do without some sort of significant compromise. Our testing will continue for the next few days as we try out the online features and other functions enabled by the day-one patch, but if I had to score it now I’d give it a 6.7,” writes IGN’s Vince Ingenito.

Nintendo Switch Review Round-Up: Should You Buy Nintendo’s Latest Console?

However, as a launch product, the £280/$300 price-point is a big ask compared to the competition, especially bearing in mind a launch title line-up based primarily on Wii U ports. There are also many extra costs too – a larger SD card is essential, the Pro controller is recommended for home use, and an external powerbank is worthwhile on the go. For now, what we have is a strong foundation to build on; it’s pricy and not without fault, but we can’t wait to see where Nintendo take the concept,” claims Eurogamer’s Thomas Morgan.

“The most versatile home console ever is in some ways strangely minimalist,” writes Post Arcade’s Chad Sapieha.

For what its worth, the Nintendo eShop to purchase games digitally just went online along with the ability to add additional storage. And the console’s multiplayer service is yet to be detailed. Though we do know that Nintendo’s painful Friends Code system is making a comeback.

It doesn’t help matters that the Joy-con sync issues are still present and the battery-life, particularly in graphically intensive games such as The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is pitiful — clocking in at two and a half hours or so.

There’s still a lot we don’t know about Nintendo’s latest and greatest console. Stay turned for our detailed review, including its online component later next week.

Nintendo Switch Console Goes on Sale in Strategy Reboot

Nintendo’s Switch console went on sale Friday in a global launch seen as key for the Japanese videogame giant to reverse flagging sales and compete with Sony’s top-selling PlayStation 4.

The $299 (roughly Rs. 20,000) unit, which works both at home and on the go, blends the Super Mario maker’s history in the console business with its fledgling mobile gaming strategy, which got a big brand win after Pokemon Go’s success last summer.

Nintendo Switch Console Goes on Sale in Strategy Reboot

Switch went on sale in Japan around 9:00 am local time on Friday.

Kyoto-based Nintendo is aiming to move about two million Switch consoles in its first month.

Strong demand for the new unit would help Nintendo move on from poor sales of its last console, Wii U, released in 2012. It marked a disappointing follow-up to smash hit Wii, which sold over 100 million units worldwide after its launch a decade ago.

Switch has a removable screen that lets players dock it at home and also use it on the go like a tablet with detachable controllers – called Joy-Con – on both sides.

The idea is to give gamers a more immersive experience with realistic physical sensations matched to what is happening on-screen.

A remote control feature means players can take their eyes away from the screen to face off.

There are only eight games available for the system initially, including a Legend of Zelda offering. But there are scores more in the pipeline, Nintendo has said.

Around 400 gamers eager to get their hands on the new console lined up at a major retailer in Tokyo’s Ikebukuro district from early Friday morning.

“This is the first time I’ve bought a Nintendo console,” said 25-year-old Yuki Matsuzaki after standing in the long queue.

“I purchased the PlayStation 4, but the appeal of this Nintendo unit is the action and storyline in the games.”

An outlet of major electronics retailer Yodobashi Camera in Kawasaki near Tokyo said it has no extra stock to sell to customers who had not pre-ordered their units.

‘Two birds with one stone’
In past years, Nintendo has scored hits with traditional home consoles, such as the Nintendo 64, and portable devices like GameBoy and the DS handheld.

“Switch is probably one of the most important consoles for Nintendo in the past decades,” said Serkan Toto, a Tokyo-based games industry consultant.

“It’s the first time where Nintendo basically combines portable games and home console games into one device.”

But trying to score a win in two different markets has risks, Toto added.

“Some people could say that Nintendo is trying to kill two birds with one stone and that it could actually land in the middle and not really catch any of the target groups,” he said.

Investors were initially underwhelmed, with Nintendo’s shares down about 15 percent from October, when the firm gave gamers a sneak peak of its newest console.

But the Tokyo-listed stock rebounded Friday morning, jumping nearly four percent as Switch went on sale in Nintendo’s home market.

Nintendo has been under pressure to fix its weak finances – annual sales have been falling for years – as it goes head head to head with console maker rivals Microsoft and Sony, which has racked up huge sales of its latest PlayStation.

More than 53 million units of the PS4 have been sold globally since its debut in late 2013.

In a bid to revive its fortunes, Nintendo abandoned a long-held consoles-only policy and decided to enter the smartphone game market.

It scored another hit with the Pokemon Go app released in July, but the impact on Nintendo’s profits will be limited as it did not actually develop the game.

In December, Nintendo released the Super Mario Run game for iPhones, which topped download charts and drew tens of millions of downloads.