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Will The Next Nintendo Console Feature Achievements?

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Posted April 27, 2011 - By Stephen Johnson

Nintendo's Mario With American FlagWhile Nintendo hasn't released any solid information on their followup to the Nintendo Wii, a lot of unofficial details have leaked, but there's one important topic we haven't mentioned: Achievements. Is Nintendo's new system going to reward us for gaming-jobs-well-done?

Sorry I can't offer a definitive answer: Nintendo isn't saying anything until E3, so you'll have to settle for my  informed opinion. And I say, expect achievements from Nintendo's next system.  Trophies and other gaming rewards are ubiquitous these days (they're in iPhone games, even!) and incredibly successful. People just love progressing, even if the progression is entirely imaginary.

The only thing I could see that would keep trophies/achievements from happening would be a lack of focus on online play, and thus a feeling of "Why bother giving out prizes if no one will see them?"  But it seems like such an "easy win" for Nintendo, that I gotta predict some kind of virtual prize system, no matter what the system plays like.

Nintendo is no stranger to the achievement concept. Back in the 1980s, Nintendo Power magazine used to have a section dedicated solely to printing the names of gamers who completed challenges in games, and they'd hand out an analog achievement in the form of  badges, patches, stickers, T-shirts, stamps and other swag.

We should find out the answer for certain during E3, June 7-9, where Nintendo has promised to reveal all (or at least reveal most) about the new system. We'll clue you in then, we promise.  I'm hoping they'll send me stickers in the mail, of course... just like the old days.

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