Nintendo leak reveals why company opted for Friend Codes

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A recent Nintendo leak has revealed the reason why Nintendo opted to use Friend Codes on its systems from the Wii onwards. The company’s data, in the form of a powerpoint presentation, reveals that in the early days they thought that signing up for a Gamer Tag could confuse the audience and that if they weren’t able to get the name they wanted the user would end up being frustrated. This is when the Wii launched, but it is clear that they figured the Friend Code option is the best one to this day, as it’s what the Switch uses.