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Wii U Ditching Friend Codes For Unified Gamertag, Friends List

John Riccitiello seemed to confirm the depletion of the original Wii's online friend system, the friend codes. Riccitiello explains that the Wii U will have friend lists and a single online identity.

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interrergator2659d ago

good riddance friend code sucked

jwk942659d ago

Finally, that's one point to the Wii U, now let's see some actual games.

eferreira2659d ago

nintendo, welcome to 2005

D2K2659d ago

I said the same thing when Sony and Microsoft added motion controls to their systems last year.

"Welcome to 2005 Sony and Microsoft." :)

Shadow Flare2659d ago

Why, is 2005 when Sony released the eyetoy?

D2K2659d ago

@Shadowflare: If you want to go the semantics route, I could bring up the Power Glove and U-Force for the NES long before Sony was IN the video games business. You know I was referring to the Kinect and Move so don't go there.

Active Reload2659d ago

"@Shadowflare: If you want to go the semantics route, I could bring up the Power Glove and U-Force for the NES long before Sony was IN the video games business. You know I was referring to the Kinect and Move so don't go there."

QFT

Shadow Flare2659d ago (Edited 2659d ago )

I know nintendo did things like the power glove way long ago but the way you worded your comment suggested this was Sony and microsofts first foray into motion gaming and it was just because of Wii. And I just wanted to remind you Sony put out eyetoy long before Wii. I know they weren't first but welcome to 2005 D2K, eyetoy is out and Wii isn't. Sony also released a ps3 version of eyetoy before move came out. Ps3 has had motion gaming throughout it's whole life with PSeye, sixaxis controllers and Move, so your comment makes no sense

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maniacmayhem2659d ago

Pigs flying, hell freezing!

BeaArthur2659d ago

Better a decade late than never I guess.

JsonHenry2659d ago

It is funny they talk about innovating. But so far all they have done is play catch up to 2005.

D2K2659d ago

Yeah. Since it took Microsoft and Sony 5 years to catch up to motion-controls, no stones need to be thrown at Nintendo for this. They tried something different, and it didn't work. Big deal. It's not like they couldn't have done this 6 years ago. They just chose not to and it was a mistake. All three companies have made their fair share. At least Nintendo is correcting theirs, and even Sony. What's Microsoft doing?

*crickets*

BeaArthur2659d ago

D2K...they could have tried something different like motion controls and still had a functional online service. The PSN isn't anything special but at least it provides basic functionality.

sporteous1212122659d ago

@D2K

The difference is that motion controlled gaming is still only one type/genre of gaming whereas online functionality has become a staple for most major titles on all platforms and is integrated into most games period.

Nintendo is making a good move by adding gamertags because I believe a major part of attracting core gamers is to have good online functionality.

Shok2659d ago

Nintendo has been innovating where it matters the most - HOW we play the games.

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