Friend Codes are gone. No more dozen digits. Instead, you have a simple Nintendo Network ID (that isn’t the same as your Mii Nickname and isn’t your e-mail address) that you serves as the key piece of information you need to provide others. From there, things get complicated.
You are able to interact with the idea of ‘friends’ on Wii U in two places – your Friends List (via the Home menu) and your Miiverse hub, where you can see their updates as well as see incoming requests. The catch is these two areas allow you to add friends in different ways, even though both will display incoming requests.
That means you can add friends in the following two ways:
1) Exchange IDs
You have an ID. I have an ID (i.e. mine is ‘RichIGN’). However, we will both need each others IDs, and both must add each other through the Friends List. If you add me, but I don’t add you, nothing is happening and I’ll never know that you want to be friends, unless I directly learn your ID.
2) One-Way Requests
The is by far the easier method, assuming you know where to go. Making a friend request cannot be done through the Friend List. It must be done through Miiverse with these steps:
– Load Miiverse
– Go to User Menu (upper-left corner, with a small picture of your Mii)
– The fourth option down says ‘Search User’
– Type in the name you want. (Say ‘RichIGN’)
– The name must be specific (though case is not important)
– View the profile
– Towards the right side you’ll see the Friend Request button, near ‘Follow’ and a drop-down arrow that allows you to Block or Report.
– Want to request another? Head back to your User Menu.
Clearly Nintendo needs to tighten up this experience, as pushing Requests out of the Friend List hub is utterly nonsensical. Still, for now, this is what we have to work with.