Thatís right, the Wii is still going to use the "Friends Code" system, just like the DS. This is according to something that was put up on the Nintendo site but was then pulled off shortly after.
This news was already suspected because at E3, Nintendo's Takahashi Tezuka was asked whether Wii's version of Wi-Fi Connection (Nintendo's online service) would also use a Friends Code system similar to the DSís and he said "Yes".
Those of you hanging onto the belief that he was simply guessing, and Nintendo planned to go back to the drawing board (or, better yet, simply steal Microsoft's drawing board and re-badge it) are going to be disappointed.
As you'll know if you read this on the since-departed Wii site page that bore this: "Nintendo has your online safety in mind. Thanks to our unique Friend Code system, you can control whom you play with online. Playing online is a great way to connect and reconnect people you want to play games with!"
Friends Codes, 12-digit identifiers specific to your DS or, in this case, Wii, allow players to create lists of preferred opposing players. Except, obviously, it's a bit of a faff to type in a randomly generated 12-digit number for every one of your pals.
Elsewhere, Nintendo's online Wii service is a bit more contemporary, with a Virtual Console system for downloading old NES, SNES, MegaDrive and TurboGrafx games, along with new, small budget-priced games.
As some may knoe thanks to a new idea from Nintendo call WiiConnect24, you will also be able to leave your Wii on standby and have it download things and allow people to do things like visit your Animal Crossing village while you're somewhere else. According to Nintendo the systems standby will only use a very small amount of power and will not cost a lot to keep on standby.
And while Nintendo hasn't ruled out the prospect of premium downloadable content add-ons for games, it has committed to a free online gaming service - just as it did on the DS.
So now the only hope for any of you (well probably most of you) that does not like Friend Codes, is that each Wii system will have there own code, not each game so you will only have one code to tell your friends not one for every game you own.
Wii Plus will keep you updated.