Wii U Achievements aren’t guaranteed and Friend Codes kind of return
When Nintendo stated they were entering the “hardcore” market, there were certain expectations many gamers had. Like the inclusion of achievements, accessibility of friends, and a stronger online community. It seems that they received the same memo, but just can’t quite get all their ducks in a row. The long and short of this post is achievements are optional and Friend Codes are back.
Nintendo of America’s Reggie Fils-Aime confirmed that the Wii U will not have a consistent “achievement” system across the platform, opting instead for “game-specific [Achievements] that's developer driven". Crap. Ok, no big deal. So what’s up with the whole Friend Code thing? It will return, but "you will be able to identify people as friends and have a certain level of interaction versus a different level of interaction for the more general population. The method by which you identify someone as a friend is a lot simpler than what's happening today with Friend Codes".
OK. I guess that is better than before, when not having a Friend Code means no interaction at all. There still aren’t a lot of details behind this stuff though and frankly I am concerned. How is it that we are months away from this console presumably launching and we still don’t know much about it? I have so many questions about resolutions, WiFi technology, release date, & price!
It isn't rumor and speculation when Reggie directly says "There are friend codes": http://kotaku.com/5917363/better-friend-codes-achievements-and-more-nint...
I hate when articles like this make it to the frontpage because it doesn't confirm or deny anything. It's just rumor and speculation. And worse, it gets used in HARD NEWS as a legitimate news story.
Nintendo has already said that their new online system will work with usernames and nothing else. It will likely work similar to the 3DS system's way of operating, whereas both players confirm it and then you're friends for ALL games that you own, which works fine in my books. He never said "friend codes are back" but rather "it'll be easier to see who's your friend online than how our current system of Friend Codes works."
Sorry, Just had to vent.
well guilty to mention I am a whore for achievements but if its a trophy or achievement that takes to long or I don't have time to do for any reason then I won't bother.
The game lineup for the Wii U and the altered versions of batman arkham city and assasins creed 3 plus more has got me hooked onto the system so the lack of achievements won't bother me one bit.
Achievements never really mattered to me all that much, and beating my favorite Nintendo games are fine without achievements. Beating the game is an achievement itself. Also, correct me if I'm wrong, but: Friend Codes acting as a second level of security? I hate to say it, but that's pretty smart. If you just randomly become friends with someone online, they can't see your personal information until you exchange friend codes.
That guess seems within reason to me. I'm going to guess $349.99 myself. With PS4 and Xbox 720 being closer to the $399.99 price point.
I do like the idea of achievements.
I hate achievements anyways, no problem there. I hope they do the online similar to Steam, like having an account name, and then a user name. A friend code as your account, and a user name to identify you as a friend. (Public see's only your user name with maybe some other information to help identify it as you, like icon, bio, etc.) This also means, a user name can be used by more than one person.
That sounds about how Achievements should be done to me. Hopefully this means games on the system will support cheat codes without the game seeming to resent you for using them. As for online...it sounds better than it currently is which is fine. Online features don't really apply or, appeal to me in the first place though since I'll likely be playing my U offline for the most part anyway.
Yea, seriously. Achievements are like crack for kids and go hand in hand with another Nintendo franchise, Pokemon. Gotta Catch Them All.
Also each unit will ship with the shattered hopes and dreams of the person making them... Fact.
Guitar Hero WoR, Rock Band 3, TB: RB, GD: RB, Wii Sports Resort, freaking Brawl, I'm sure I'm missing some.... say hello.
Yea no achievements kinda sucks, but is it really that necessary? For example, not all PS3 games have achievements/trophies, but it didn't really need'em. Does a game/console really need achievements in order to target the "hardcore" audience?
I absolutely agree. I've payed attention to the past two E3's, and I feel like I have no idea what the Wii U is. You can use the tablet and it changes game experiences. What other "core" games are coming besides Pikman, Mario U, the Platinum game and Warioware that are first party? I'm worried because 3 of those games, we already know how to play and doesn't seem to offer that much new to the experience.
I guess it is hard to make a kid friendly online system that protects them from the pedos. *shrug*
Also it will launch November 18.. also a guess
MSRP $399.99 USD... just a guess
Your user name does not have to be completely different from every other user.
Nintendo, sometimes I don't even know what you're thinking or doing with things like this. Last time the Wii FC was some of the most annoying things I had to input to play online games. There better be a good reason why the FC is returning......to the Wii U.
An "In-game" achievement system kind of defeats the purpose of achievements in games. I am shocked Nintendo isn't taking advantage of an achievement system. Achievements add a whole new element to games and increase their value substantially. I hope they know what they are doing.
what is the advantage of having friend codes?