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!
» Source: http://www.joystiq.com/2012/06/12/wii-u-achievements-not-mandatory-for-devs-friend-codes-to-chang/
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