News: No System-Wide Achievements on Wii U

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By Robin Wilde. Posted 11/12/2012 16:30 7 Comments     ShareThis

Scribblenauts developer 5th Cell has revealed that there is to be no achievement or trophy system universal to Wii U games. The announcement comes with the reveal of the Scribblenauts Unlimited “Global Starite” system, which gives players small challenges to complete. The developer stated the following to NeoGAF:

“There are no Wii U accomplishments that are system-wide. 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.”

While games will be able to have their own achievements, they will have to be added by developers to individual games rather than being stored as a profile for each console user. The news may disappoint some who were hoping for the Wii U to move towards a PS3/Xbox 360 style of online community. Were you hoping for a unified achievement system? Perhaps you couldn’t care less! Whatever your view, let us know in the comments below.

7 Responses to “News: No System-Wide Achievements on Wii U”

  • 87 points
    chrisbg99 says...

    Couldn’t care less. I would be more inclined to like achievements if they actually meant something in-game. But until then, I can’t bring myself to care and will be completely amused by people who do.

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  • 120 points
    NinSage says...

    Yea, I’m actually glad about this. My experience with PS3/60 style trophies/achievements has been much more annoying than fulfilling.

    I believe the Miiverse/WaraWare Plaza will be more to my liking for intra-system game-related communication. But I guess we’ll see!

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  • 375 points
    geoffrey says...

    You mean I won’t be able to have another meaningless number glued to my name? Darn, that is a shame.

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  • 48 points
    RodSF4 says...

    don’t really care much for them. but if it really means a lot to other gamers, seeing their name beside a number, or how they rank among others; perhaps clamoring about it will make decided create an update to include it later.

    but i believe Iwata mentioned that the reason they didn’t include this, because it would bring a different motivation to gamers, as opposed to what Nintendo wants gamers to feel which is to enjoy the game.

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  • 1396 points
    penduin says...

    It should be game-specific. In PS3 titles with a very serious and/or other-worldly tone (MGS4, ICO/Shadow HD) it feels entirely inappropriate to have a message pop up, “Ding! Funny-named trophy for you!”. I’d hate to see Wii U games suffer the same way.

    Even supposing nearly all titles do some sort of trophy thing, this way they can at least do it in a way which matches the look and feel of the game, as opposed to the 360/PS3 implementations which manage to be both bland and garish.

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