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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]
Not really much of an issue unless for some odd reason you place a lot of value in them.
Achievements are against everything I stand for with video games so I love that they're not in the system. I won't be upset if Nintendo adds an update in the future (gotta go with the mass market), but I would rather they not exist at all.
Achievements take you out of the game. If I had a trophy alert pop up during a Zelda cutscene I would stab someone. And yes, I know you can turnoff alerts.
I don't like achievements anyways it makes me look like I don't know how to play my games when I just am not very good at certain tasks so YAY you go WiiU stand seperate. It's suppose to be a family console thing anyway so that families can have fun while more serious gamers can play harder games like ZombieU, which if you ask me don't need achievements unless it is: 10 pts you died and found your zombie corpse killed it and got your stuff back. (which is probably what I will be continuously doing lol).
I'm sure some games will still do some in-game achievement type stuff, like Mass Effect 2(maybe 3 as well?), and Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2. I still enjoyed it when games included them, especially since I had already gotten the overall 360 achievements for them. If game developers include them I think they could do it in a more interesting fashion as well. There is always hope for a new console.