[[image:jd_090115_friendcodes.jpg::right:0]]So you might have heard that an upcoming Wii game will be omitting friend codes. Or perhaps you haven’t, because who would bother reporting on Nintendo’s online platform?
From the sound of it, it appears the game won’t be a first-party title — meaning this news would be a natural, though refreshing, extension of Nintendo’s laissez-faire attitude towards publishers on the Wii. You can get away with releasing any crap game on the system, and apparently now you can choose to forego Nintendo’s intentionally obtuse friend-matching system. I’m willing to guess Nintendo has simply stopped caring. They’ve built up enough good will as the family-friendly console to be a little more cavalier about the possibility of predators stealing peoples’ kids via Dragon Quest Monsters. Good news for us though! That is, if they ever actually release any Wii games with online capability that we’re interested in.
P.S.: This is where we theorize about the Pokémon MMO that will cripple Japan’s workforce productivity and destroy scholarship among the world’s young.