“No system wide Wii U accomplishments” says Scribblenauts dev

Wii U still has no official in-game reward system like PS3 Trophies or Xbox Achievements according to one third party developer. 5th Cell co-founder and Creative Director Jeremiah Slaczka stated in a thread on NeoGaf “it is up to the developer to include [achievements] or not” in their own games.

He explained upcoming Wii U 5th Cell launch title, Scribblenauts Unlimited, contains in-game ‘Global Starite Shards’ which are “like a giant checklist of global things to spawn and do in the game that aren't area specific.”

Jeremiah went on to state “things could change in the future…I’m sure Nintendo will do plenty of updates and new integration of systems as time goes on.”

This article was written by Brad Harris who is with GamesRadar UK on work experience.


  • Revengaa - November 21, 2012 7:35 p.m.

    I didn't buy a 3ds and probably won't buy a wii u now either because of the no accomplishments linked to profile thing. It's not because I want to get a reward for completing a tutorial or for boomheadshotting 10 guys in a row. It's because I like some kind of recognition for finishing a game. It wouldn't even bother me if Nintendo didn't include trophies for completing minor elements in game, but there should at least be some kind of system in place where a persons account/alias is linked to the games they have played/finished/completed. Maybe it's the collector in me - but I get a good feeling logging into my playstation account and seeing the list of games I have completed and slowly growing the list over time. It gives me a feeling of accomplishment and recognition, and actually gives me something to show for finishing a game. People can go on about it's an electronic reward that doesn't mean anything blah blah, but look around you! Everything is becoming digitalised. We don't deal in gold coins and treasure anymore. Everything in life including currency is digital and it will just keep becoming more and more so. Why is a digital trophey no different to a real life trophy awarded 50 years ago? Nintendo - all I want is something to show for spending hours upon hours on completing your games. Again to the people that say - if your not playing for enjoyment don't play it.... I say if I get the same satisfaction for playing a ps3 game and actually get something to show for it at the end.. why would i want to play nintendo? It's a no brainier for me.
  • Fuzunga - November 12, 2012 7:48 p.m.

    I always thought achievements were really stupid. Only now is Microsoft finding a use for them by tying them to other promotions. After seven years.
  • Travia220 - November 12, 2012 3:17 p.m.

    Oh nos not System Wide achievements whatever will we do. Wait, nobody should care. Achievements aren't even achievement this day in age. Most are "Idiot Proof" as in "Complete the Intro" yay you got an achievement. I am happy that Nintendo is not trying to emphasis such a ridiculous thing.
  • tehtimeisnow - November 12, 2012 2:16 p.m.

    well thats it that just kiled any interst i mite have had in bying a wiiu. if it cant suppart achevemants then the systam is destined to fale.i refuse to even play ganes that dont have them
  • doominatorx6 - November 12, 2012 1:59 p.m.

    More than likely, It`ll come later. PS3 games didn't have trophies out of the gate, that didn't really start happening till '08 I think (or maybe earlier, but it was common practice by 2008).
  • 7-D - November 12, 2012 11:57 a.m.

    Hopefully it will help distinguish them even further from that unavoidable feeling of sameyness between the Xbox and Playstation. Saying that it could hurt them on multi-platform releases and swallow a bit of headway they're trying to gain with the added controller features as gamers do seem to enjoy trophies.
  • haipayazoo - November 12, 2012 11:45 a.m.

    I find it funny that people are complaining about no achievements when I think the opposite. I actually think that achievements would actually RUIN the Wii-U experience. I would absolutely hate it when playing the new Zelda or new Mario with an achievement system. It's rather foolish, IMO. Beating a new level or dungeon and all of a sudden an achievement pops out.
  • Highspeed123 - November 12, 2012 11:45 a.m.

    I don't get why people want/need a gold star for doing things in games that are often mind numbing pointless tasks such as collecting every in game item etc. It's not a sign of being a good gamer but rather a shouting out of how much of your life you spend playing games. What do you get for it in reality? The best rewards come from games that set challenges to unlock content or bonus skills....those are achievements worth playing for. I play games because I enjoy playing them for the story or just to have fun, I have never started a game just to show off that I'm playing it. If people like doing this then good for you but there is no reason to get angry at Nintendo for not wanting to use Microsofts points system. I want useful in game rewards that make a difference to actual gameplay please.
  • xx_CaPTiiN_SpAiiN_zz - November 12, 2012 9:44 a.m.

    what the actual fuck are they trying to acheive with this move. i care a LOT about my gamerscore on xbox live as it distinguishes me as a dedicated gamer who cares deeply about the games he plays not just some bored kid who picks up a game because he is lazy. good work turning me off the wii u again nintendo.
  • MyCoolWhiteLies - November 12, 2012 8:52 a.m.

    Achievements are such a simple thing to implement that I find it really stupid that Nintendo is ignoring the concept. Sure, at the end of the day, they aren't that big of a deal, but some people do really like them. It can add some fun meta-gaming, and if you don't care about them they're completely ignorable. I don't even care about achievements that much, but I'm afraid this might be the first of many cases where Nintendo will think that they can/should just ignore modern gaming conventions.
  • ParagonT - November 12, 2012 1:09 p.m.

    Another with words of reason. You are one of the few my friend.
  • Edias - November 12, 2012 8:08 a.m.

    Achievements can be nice to have but they've never really been that important to me. Once in a while I'll push myself to try and get them, but usually they're far from my mind while I'm playing. If I'm looking for a challenge, I just play the higher(est) difficulty. I mean; it's not like anyone else really cares what I've managed to do in a video game anyway.
  • Desann - November 12, 2012 7:05 a.m.

    I don't understand how people can say they don't like achievements. You guys are brushing it off like it's stupid to have optional goals in games that you can choose to go after and accomplish. I don't remember hearing people decrying the implementation of side quests in RPGs or gold medals in racing games. You're saying you don't ever need things like that in games because you don't get anything tangible as a reward? They're video games! You never do! But that doesn't stop you from playing them and having a good time. Beyond that, the thing that makes achievements and trophies special is that the systems are platform-level meta-games that you continue to play even when you move on to the next game. That's what we're not going to get on the Wii U. I'd be disappointed if I hadn't already learned to expect Nintendo to clumsily fumble around when they try to reach out to the core, because it always seems like they really have no idea what people like me want.
  • ultimatepunchrod - November 12, 2012 7:13 a.m.

    I agree. I don't see how having it there is a bad thing. When is having more (completely optional) stuff a bad thing? That said, Nintendo could just add this in the future. The PS3 didn't launch with trophies, and now it has a good system on both PS3 and Vita.
  • Z-man427 - November 12, 2012 8:30 a.m.

    It's achievement whoring that is annoying.
  • ParagonT - November 12, 2012 1:04 p.m.

    That's just up to the player to decide if its worth doing.
  • ParagonT - November 12, 2012 1:09 p.m.

    I'm glad there are a few here with words of reasoning. I agree. Achievements, although not very useful, are just another way to keep gamers occupied doing what they love with various tasks. Its just a mark of pride, and it's completely negligible if you so wish it to be. I don't understand why people want less when they don't agree with something instead of wanting more but it being optional. People confuse me.
  • KnowYourPokemon - November 12, 2012 5:48 a.m.

    I never really cared for achievements. The only times I do like them is when accomplishing X achievement unlocks something like a special skin in-game, but achievements aren't needed for that in the first place.
  • A000 - November 12, 2012 6:22 a.m.

    What games from the 90s are you playing that allow you to unlock extra skins in game? That kind of stuff is dlc now! /hates dlc
  • KnowYourPokemon - November 12, 2012 3:03 p.m.

    Well off the top of my head you unlocked certain armour in Halo 3 by doing certain achievements. But the console itself didn't need the "achievements" per se to do that, it could just be designed within the game itself.

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