You probably read me saying that Retro Studios said it was an option available at a later date, but not that they definitely would.
It definitely isn't going to be online at launch though, and unlikely to see a multiplayer patch any time close to its release - which could mean this time next year before they get it. If they get it at all.
In their hands-on preview of the Wii’s first game with online play, Pokemon battle, IGN mention:
“Strangely, despite the Wii hardware having its own friend list, Battle Revolution uses its own, independent friend list. Each game includes a unique 12-digit friend code, different from your Wii system number. To create a friend, both sides have to input the other’s code. How you actually go about exchanging these codes is a mystery, as the information is not included on your battle pass. Once again, I presume Nintendo wants you to only exchange codes with your real life friends.”
Don't worry about it. Pokemon isn't the best game to show off the Wi-fi, mainly because Nintendo went to a great extent to make sure it was kid friendly, as kids will be the ones mostly playing it. This could be why we're seeing lack of options and isolation from strangers.
If I was a child, I certainly wouldn't want strangers hardening my ekans.
My friend code will be up in the next little while, not worth it right now because my Wii will be without online for a short while : (. Though I'm adding friend codes where possible for online readyness
I'll update this post if I add a few other people.
Now added the Captain too.
I'm really not big on just randomly adding people though. I'd like to be able to confirm with them that it's OK to do so, just in case I get anyone who actually doesn't want to.
When adding someone and attaching a Mii, is this supposed to be your Mii so they can have a copy of you on their Mii channel or what? Sorry if this sounds like a stupid question but it's got me so confuzzled!