Nintendo Switch Day One Update Reintroduces Friend Codes


Nintendo officially launched its day one update for the Switch this morning, which adds a slew of new features to the console’s existing software. These updates include the following:

Some of the new additions include:
• Online gaming
• Game news from Nintendo
• eShop
• Friend functionality
• Screenshot posting to Facebook or Twitter
• TV power on/off functionality via CEC
• Battery life display in the Home menu
• MicroSD card formatting

However, not all of the update’s changes have gone over smoothly with Nintendo’s fan base.

Twelve-digit Friend Codes will once again be necessary for friend list addition unless the two players in question have played together before or are presently in the same room.

This announcement is in direct contrast to comments made in January by Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime. When discussing with CNET how Nintendo was putting an emphasis on developing a better online experience, Fils-Aime stated,

“…there are no friend codes within what we’re doing.”

Nintendo has also placed a cap of just 300 as the total amount of friends allowed per profile. This is much lower than the max allotted to members of Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network (1,000 and 2,000 respectively).

Does this update lessen your enthusiasm towards purchasing a Switch? Or is your body ready to buy Nintendo’s new console no matter what? Let us know in the comments below!