When the Nintendo Network ID was introduced to the world, Nintendo moved away from the somewhat awkward Friend Codes that had been implemented on Wii and Nintendo 3DS.
Now, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aimé has confirmed that they will be firmly left in the past with Nintendo Switch.
“People have taken shots at us for that,” Fils-Aimé replied, after the reporter mentioned that Nintendo Network doesn’t carry the same reputation as competitor services such as Xbox Live and PlayStation Network.
“The reality is, the way that online experiences have progressed, it’s an expensive proposition. The amount of servers we need to support Smash Bros. or Mario Kart – these big multiplayer games – is not a small investment.”
Nintendo will share more on their subscription service at a later date, but has revealed that those who subscribe will be able to enjoy online multiplayer, access to online lobbies and voice chat on a dedicated smart device app, access to a Nintendo Entertainment System or Super Nintendo Entertainment System game each month, and exclusive deals.
“There are no Friend Codes within what we’re doing,” Fils-Aimé closed, referring to the way that players used to add anyone to their Friend List.
Nintendo Switch will launch worldwide on Friday 3rd March, priced at £279.99 ($299.99).