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Is Nintendo Making a Mistake by Excluding a Wii U Achievement System?

Achievements and trophies are a neat little feature. The addition of this external reward system adds longevity, encourages extra challenges and builds your Xbox Live or PSN profile with an gamerscore or trophy list, compiling all of your gaming accomplishments in one place.

Nintendo, known for ignoring such trends and doing their own thing with consoles, chose not to include a similar system on the Wii or 3DS. Sure enough, 5th Cell’s Jeremiah Slaczka confirmed on NeoGAF that, once again, the Wii U will not include a universal reward system of its own.

So, is this a financial mistake, or a breath of fresh air for gamers?

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MultiConsoleGamer1349d ago

Yes. I like trophies and achievements, they add more content to a game and some of them are really fun.

SeraphimBlade1349d ago

If you ask me, trophies have become a substitute for ACTUAL in-game unlocks and replay value. I'm pretty much over them now, and I'm seeing that few games give me a good reason to keep playing besides them.

kingxtreme811349d ago (Edited 1349d ago )

They are because, like it or not, achievements/trophies matter to a ton of gamers.

Excluding them means that when a gamer who does care about them is deciding which version of a multiplatform game to buy, the Wii U version will now have a check in the "con" column. Maybe it won't ultimately decide that gamer's purchase, but it very well could.

Me, I don't care about 'em at all. Still, I can see why it was a mistake on Nintendo's part to exclude them.

Jadedz1349d ago

They'll add it in (hopefully) with one of their future Wii U updates.

I'd rather they focus on making the online networks and services functional, before they bite off more than they can actually chew.

slapedurmomsace1349d ago

I agree, but it's kinda sad that it's 2012 and adding some sort of achievement system would be "biting off more than they can chew"

ExPresident1349d ago

This ^

As good as it looks its not like the trophy/achievement system is new. There is no excuse for not having it. They could offer to have it as a feature you turn off/on so each gamer can decide for themselves. There is absolutely no reason in late 2012 that this shouldn't be standard.

metroid321349d ago

What adding score system ?? get a grip thats easy stuff Ninty just dont see the value in it when they would much rather let 3rd partys use their systems on the Nintendo Network as that is better in my eyes i'm over achievments ect they mean nothing at the end of the day and 3rd party devs hate them as well as it prevents them from implimenting their own systems i think Ninty know what there doing here.

zugdar1349d ago

Yes. Its a standard for every other platform.

GameLord081349d ago

With Miiverse as an actively social game diary, an achievements system on the Wii U is primitively redundant. They're superficial integrations now, and have made a complete mockery of competitive gaming.

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