Game Support
 

Friends Codes

 

 

How do I get a Friend Code?
First connect online with a game (You won't be given a Friend Code until you've connected at least once with that specific game). Where the Friends Code can be found will vary by game. Please consult the game's manual for more information.

Important note: The Nintendo WFC ID and the game card are treated as a unit. Because of this, playing your Nintendo DS game card in another Nintendo DS system may override all of your online information saved to the game card, including your own personal Friend Code. Other players with this Friend Code would no longer be able to identify you as an online friend until you provided them with the new Friend Code you would need to generate. We recommend against playing your Nintendo WFC-compatible DS game cards in any one else's Nintendo DS system.

 

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How do I add a Friend?
There are two ways to exchange Friend Codes with your Nintendo DS.
Manually Exchanging Friend Code
Multiplayer Exchange of Friend Code

Manually Exchanging Friend Code: Nintendo WFC users must get their unique Friend Code from each Nintendo DS Wi-Fi game. See your game instruction manual for how to access your Friend Code. This is a 12-digit code.

Once you have your Friend Code, you must exchange it with your friend outside of online play (over the phone, email, in person, etc.). You must give your Friend Code to your friend, and they must give you his or her Friend Code. Please note that your Friend Code will be different for each game you play on the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection.

Once you have a code from a friend, you must add/register his or her code into your Nintendo DS Wi-Fi game. Your friend must enter your code into his or her game as well. Not until you each have the other's code in your game, will you be recognized as friends online.

This unique process ensures that when you are playing with "friends" online, you know who you are playing and chatting with.

Important note: The Nintendo WFC ID and the game card are treated as a unit. Because of this, playing your Nintendo DS game card in another Nintendo DS system may override all of your online information saved to the game card, including your own personal Friend Code. Other players with this Friend Code would no longer be able to identify you as an online friend until you provided them with the new Friend Code you would need to generate. We recommend against playing your Nintendo WFC-compatible DS game cards in any one else's Nintendo DS system.

Multiplayer Exchange of Friend Code
When you are in the same room with friends, you can automatically exchange Friend Codes by playing a multiplayer game wirelessly. It is not online play, but wireless play within a short distance. When you play in multiplayer mode, you need to set up a game (or create a group). When you host or join a game/group and play a game, the Nintendo DS systems will automatically exchange Friend Codes. Make sure you are only in a group with people you will want on your Friend Roster.

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I can't add a friend - what do I do?
Make sure the Friend Code you got from your friend is the correct 12-digit code that appears in their game.

Make sure you are entering the Friend Code in the same game title (for example, if they gave you a code from Mario Kart DS, make sure you are entering it in your Mario Kart DS game.)

 

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How do I play with a specific Friend online?
Make sure you have properly exchanged and added each other's Friend Code to your games. For help, click here.

Make sure you are each playing the same game.

Make sure you have each selected Play with a Friend for Nintendo Wi-Fi play.

Depending on the game, if more than one friend is online playing in Friend mode, there is no way to select which friend Nintendo WFC connects you with. Check your game manual for online play.

 

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I lost a friend - what do I do?
You are limited by the number of friends per game save file. If you continue to enter friends once you have reached the limit, your friends will drop off your list as new friends are added. Some games may allow you to "lock" a Friend Code so they will not be deleted, even if you start to exceed the friend limit. Check your game manual for options that may be available for your game.

 

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I lost my Friends Roster - what do I do?
If you selected the option to erase all game data, this includes your entire Friends Roster, even if you had some of the names "locked."' If the Friends Rosters you create continue to erase without the game data being erased, there may be a problem with your system or game. Please call 1-800-895-1672 for further assistance.

 

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I entered my Friend's Code and it's not working?
In order for a Friend Code to work, both you and the person must be playing the same game and have entered each other's Friend Code into the Friend's Roster of that game. If, after exchanging Friend Codes, you or a friend have erased your Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection ID from your Nintendo DS and created a new one, a new Friend Code was generated when this was done. Any new Friend Codes will need to be given to any players who have you on their Friends Roster.

Also keep in mind, depending on the game, if more than one friend is online playing in Friend mode, there is no way to select which friend Nintendo WFC connects you with. Check your game manual for online play.

 

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