It was said the Nintendo Switch wouldn’t have Friend Codes, but what do you know, it actually does!
For anyone who is looking to add friends tomorrow, instead of playing Breath of the Wild after setting up your brand new Switch, you can. So if you and a friend both buy a Switch, you will be able to add your pal by entering their Friend Code. You can also add friends by searching locally as well, the story doesn’t end here. Polygon got in touch with Nintendo regarding this, and the response they got was rather illuminating!
“Several methods can be used to add friends as quickly and easily as possible: · By linking Nintendo Switch to your Nintendo Account, your friends from Miitomo and Super Mario Run will appear as friend candidates so you can easily send them a friend request. Also, we are planning it so that friends from social networking services will be listed as candidates, too. In the future, you will be able to send a friend request to friends associated with your NNID (Wii U/Miiverse) and Nintendo 3DS. In some games you will be able to use an in-game interface to send friend requests. You can send friend requests to those who have played with you recently. You can establish a friend through local wireless communication. You can also send a friend request by using a friend code.”
Polygon staff then proceeded to press the matter and ask if Friend Codes will be made redundant further on down the line and Nintendo are reported as saying they will look into it and share what they find out.
Do expect to hear more about Friend Codes and adding Friends on Switch in the coming days/weeks.