"Friend Codes are not Perfect"

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Probably the biggest flaw in Nintendo’s online system is friend codes. It’s Nintendo’s way of keeping kids safe from online harassment. But even Nintendo President Satoru Iwata doesn’t think they are perfect, and he also says Nintendo is trying to improve Wii’s online service. More info after the break.

In an interview with GameDaily, Iwata was asked how Nintendo’s approach to online may be changing.

Iwata answered with this, “First of all, I don’t think the current system we have with friend codes is perfect. However, if it’s an online world where you can get access to anybody without any restrictions, I as a father do not feel like allowing my daughter be engaged in that kind of world. So for Nintendo, especially in terms of the people who have never experienced online video games before, we think that it’s still very important to create a world where we can assure that there will be no harassment for these online beginners, and we really want to assure the security and safety for them to do that. So we will be studying this on an ongoing basis in order to improve Nintendo’s own circumstances where people can freely and safely enjoy the communications through the net.”