The 3DS is set to simplify Nintendo’s previous online community structure by having just one friend code for the 3DS console itself, as opposed to a different friend code for each separate game. Despite this, the friend code persists and Nintendo’s US boss Reggie Fils-Aime has explained why.
“The thing that we’ve learned is that there are some games that you want to battle head to head, but you don’t want to necessarily want that other player to have full access to the space,” he said.
“Probably the best example is something like Animal Crossing. We may want to trade items in Animal Crossing, but do I really want the potential for you to come into my town and maybe disrupt it in some way? That’s what Friend Codes are all about.
“There are certain games where Friend Codes are important. There are other games where, because of the head to head nature of the gameplay, it really isn’t necessary.”
Regardless of his potentially convincing argument, I’m still not a fan of the friend code but at least we only have one code deal with on the 3DS.
Thanks to CVG for the info.