Now the press can finally access the Nintendo Switch’s online services, a much-maligned feature has made a surprise return – friend codes.

By accessing the system’s “Add Friend” menu, a few options pop up. You can search for local users and link up that way, look up users you’ve already played with, or search with a friend code.

While it definitely does seem like a step back, considering the new Nintendo Account system lets you pick a unique username, it has to be noted that the “Search for Users You’ve Played With” option isn’t quite ready to go yet. This section does, however, suggest users you’ve interacted with via Miitomo and Super Mario Run, which could make the process slightly easier.

We’ll just have to wait and see how these features work once more online games become available. Until then, prepare yourself to scrawl down a 12-digit code.

Source: Eurogamer

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