Nintendo released an English translation of an analysts briefing and Q&A session held during E3. Nintendo president Iwata himself broached a few topics the company wasn't able to discuss during the televised E3 press conference. The issues at hand included rumors pertaining to the Wii U's internal storage or hard drive, digital releases and the retail market's reaction, and perhaps most controversial of all -- friend codes.
Iwata brings up that friend codes will be making a return on the Wii U, though not necessarily in the same capacity:
"We’re not completely getting rid of Friend Codes, but a function of the 'Miiverse' will simplify the process of making friends with another user in the platform by eliminating the need to input Friend Codes."
Yes, it seems like Nintendo is too invested in the antiquated friend code systems to do away with them just yet. What this means for the Wii U's potential online and social value, well, only time will tell.
Iwata also reiterates that there are no plans to include a hard-drive in the Wii U, and that the amount of space otherwise has yet to be confirmed. Still, Nintendo plans to provide everything necessary for gamers to plug in their own 3rd party hard drives to add additional space to their Wii U.
Do these decisions affect your perception of the Wii U? Friend codes have never been a popular solution to Nintendo's online limitations, but is it possible they can be used to create a positive environment on the Wii U?