Wii U confirmed to Still Use Friend Codes

As I sit here at my desk at work, I received a random text from G4TV stating that Nintendo has confirmed the Wii U will continue using friend codes.  I had hopes that we could now begin to use our own customized accounts rather than trying to remember the looooooong friend code number.  I hope that they will allow us to transfer all of our existing friends to the Wii U rather than starting over.  When I try to tell someone my current Friend code, I almost feel like I am trying to remember a password from an original NES cartridge!

What are your thoughts on Nintendo still using friend codes?  Is this a good idea, or should they provide updates to allow us to use our own customized names?


***Bonus points and bragging rights to anyone that knows what game the pictured password belongs to.

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