Frequently Asked Questions

Friends (FAQ)



What is a Friend Code and why do I need one?
Nintendo WFC allows you to play some games with people you've never met before, from anywhere around the world. Sometimes, though, you may find you just want to play with a friend. By exchanging the Friend Code generated by your game with your friends, you have the option of focusing your game play experience to playing only with your friends. For information on how to add a friend to your game's Friends Roster, click here.


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Why do I have to enter a Friend Code for every game?
A unique Friend Code is generated for each Nintendo DS Wi-Fi compatible game. This is done so that when you are looking to play online with friends, the Friend Code can look for those friends that are online and playing the same game as you are

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Do I have to have a Friend Code(s) to play online?
Most Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection games are designed to allow you to play with people you've never met before, from anywhere around the world. Exchanging Friend Codes with others gives you the additional option of playing only with those players you have designated as friends.

There are times when a Friend Code is necessary to play online. For instance, in order to visit someone else's town in Animal Crossing: Wild World, you will need to have exchanged Fried Codes with the other person.


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If I get a new Nintendo DS or DS Lite, can I transfer my connection ID and Friend Codes without having to re-enter them?
You have the ability to transfer your Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection ID to another Nintendo DS. This is useful if you have purchased another Nintendo DS system (such as those who want to purchase the newer Nintendo DS Lite), and means you won't have to worry about getting new Friend Codes.

    Please note the following FAQs befrore proceeding:

  • Do I have to transfer my Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection ID for every game I play online?
    No. You only need to complete this process once. Doing this once will allow all of your Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection-compatible games to keep their Friend Codes and Nintendo Wi-Fi settings. There is no need to perform this process with each of your games.
  • The following are step-by-step instructions on transferring Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection IDs:

    First DS (system you are transferring the ID from)

  1. Turn on any Nintendo WFC-compatible game and access the WFC Setup Utility. (Consult the game manual for the game you are playing for specific information.)
  2. Tap "Options."
  3. Tap "Transfer Nintendo WFC Configuration."
  4. Tap "Ok", then tap "Ok" again.
  5. Second DS (system you are transferring the ID to)

  6. Remove all games from the DS you wish to transfer the settings to, then turn the system on.
  7. On the DS's main menu, select "DS Download Play."
  8. Select "Nintendo WFC Configuration Transfer."
  9. Tap "Yes" when asked if you want to download the software. The word "Downloading..." will appear.
  10. First DS

  11. On the DS with Nintendo WFC configuration, tap "Ok" to confirm that you wish to transfer the configuration.
  12. Second DS (system you are transferring the ID to)

    • If there is an existing configuration on the new DS, tap "Ok" to confirm that you wish to overwrite the existing configuration.
    • Once the transfer begins, it will take about half a minute.

    Both DS Systems

  13. Once the configuration has been transferred, tap "Ok" to save the changes and shut each system off.

All of the Friend Codes you had given or received on the previous Nintendo DS will now work in the Nintendo DS system you transferred the ID to.


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