The year is 2017, and Nintendo Switch features the return of friend codes - 12 digit numbers which let others add you as a friend.

They're fiddly, outdated and universally hated among Nintendo players.

It's only now, with Nintendo Switch's day-one update live, we're able to see your friend-adding options.

Your friend list is accessible by tapping on your user profile icon on the Switch's top left.

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Profile and friend options.

From there you get a screen with links to your public profile, friend list, add friend settings and user settings.

Adding a friend will require you to enter their 12-digit friend code, find a local user or search for people you have played with.

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Friend codes.

Since online gaming is not yet possible on Switch, this option remains empty.

However, a list of friend suggestions lists people with Nintendo Accounts who also have Switch and who you have connected to on Miitomo or Super Mario Run.

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Local friend adding.

There is no option to add friends using your linked Facebook or Twitter accounts.

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