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It appears Nintendo's new console won't have a mandatory achievement-style system like Sony's PlayStation 3 and Microsoft's Xbox 360. Jeremiah Slaczka, co-founder of 5th Cell, said it's up to the developers to add achievements to their Wii U games. 5th Cell developed Scribblenauts Unlimited for the console's launch on Sunday, November 18.
"There are no Wii U accomplishments that are system wide," Slaczka said on NeoGAF. "They are up to the developers to include or not include. Scribblenauts Unlimited loosely has them in the form of 'Global Starite Shards' which is like a giant checklist of global things to spawn and do in the game that aren't area specific."
Slaczka did note, however, this could change in the future. "The Miiverse is in its infancy. Just think how much the PS3/360 dashboard and store changed to meet people's needs. I'm sure Nintendo will do plenty of updates and new integration of systems as time goes on."
[Source: NeoGAF, via Gematsu]
In response to Danial885, since my laptop is acting funny and won't post in the conversation under the user's comment.
1. Titles that aren't on the N64/360/PS3: ZombiU, Aliens: Colonial Soldiers, Rayman Legends, Wonderful 101, Ninja Gaiden: Razor's Edge, Lego City: Undercover, Bayonetta 2, Scribblenauts Unlimited
2. It's not current gen. It's a console that in it's infancy it can output a bit more than what a 6-7 year honed 360/PS3 can do at almost max power. Where as the the 360/PS3 had frame rate problems or got bottlenecked by memory, the Wii U doesn't. Oh and don't forget the fact that it's also rendering for 2 screens, not one and it's STILL running at 60 fps 1/16 of latency; which is beyond the human naked eye's ability of seeing.
3. It has it's own iteration of the achievement system. iwataasks.nintendo.com/interviews In the link here, a gamer can screenshot what they consider to be a brag-worthy moment and post it in Miiverse. On top of that Ninten gave the devs a choice to put them in if the game if they wanted to, so it's not like the system itself is void of an actual achievement system.
4. The Durango (720) and Orbis (PS4) aren't gonna be much stronger than the U since Sony and Microsoft have to make them affordable or else they won't sell like they intend them to sell. So you have a next gen console here right now, outdoing the other 2 consoles in practically everyway possible.
You mean I'll have to play a game just to have fun and not rack up some ridiculous "score" just to impress people online???? Oh, the horror......
Oh, that kind of sucks, but good in a way. And if that later changes, then so be it. I'm going to play my Wii U whether or not it has some kind of Accomplishment system. And if they do do it, they could name them "Accomplishments." Sony has Trophies, Microsoft has Achievements, Nintendo will have Accomplishments. In fact, the 3DS has already sort of done it with that Mii Plaza thing.
This is the way it should be, so many achievements are just lame busy work, because devs have to put something in there. By giving them a choice, I would hope it leads to a far more organic implementation of the system.
Good, I actually stopped chasing achievements years ago because I found a lot of them to be these arbitrary tasks that actually decreased my enjoyment of the game I was playing.
I feel like this would be way more devastating if these felt more like achievements, like if you didn't get one every time you did something mandatory, like take down a boss, or have 100 conversations with NPCs. Make the little beep a little more difficult to hear and give us actual rewards, not just points in a system that does nothing, Zelda's trading quests gave us swords and shields that, while we did not need them, where a much greater badge than the icon everyone on the internet can see. While there are some achievements worth getting, they are few and far between.
Regardless, I kinda feel that Nintendo had gone with stars from some of the more recent Mario games instead of "accomplishments." Mario is kinda their mascot.
Eh, it's good on one hand I suppose, but on the other hand achievements give people something to do in the middle or after they finish a game, not to mention it gives proof of certain things that other people may doubt you did otherwise, overall though I think they should have included it.
I'm not surprsied. Nintendo never really follows what other companies are doing.