Since the Nintendo Switch System update went live plenty have been digging around the menus, and some have been checking out the Friend List menus. A bit of hysteria is kicking up over the presence of friend codes, as they're typically less popular than a SEGA Mega Drive at a SNES party, so it's slightly understandable.
In any case, rest assured there are other ways to add friends. There are four options:
- Search for Local Users
- Search for Users You've Played With
- Search with Friend Code
- 'Friend Suggestions' from Miitomo and Super Mario Run
The final one is interesting, as it auto-detected this writer's Miitomo friends with Switch systems; we added each other within minutes, sharing our mutual love for Nintendo's greatest creation - Bowser.
One option we'd like to see added in a future update is to add friends from Twitter and Facebook, much in the way Miitomo does. With Nintendo embracing those social networks through screenshot sharing hopefully that's on the cards.
[Update: It should be noted that it seems users don't need to literally both input friend codes, but rather you send a request to someone with their friend code (for example), and they accept or decline]
So there you have it, you don't have to use friend codes, so relax.