Wii U to have achievements but not multi-touch

by Nathan Misa Featured 11 Comments 27 Votes 917 Views 13/06/2012 Back to News

The Wii U GamePad screen will not offer multi-touch functionality, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime has confirmed in an extensive interview with Kotaku about the upcoming Wii U and its hardware and software.

Despite multi-touch functions becoming a standard feature with touchscreen devices, Fils-Aime doesn't see the lack of it as a problem.

"When we went through the building of this and, given some of the functionality, we thought that single-touch was a more appropriate option, especially when you've got other button configurations".

When cost was suggested as a factor, Fils-Aime said: "Certainly there's a cost to it. Again, we envision this as a controller that you're putting in your hands and you're doing a two-screen experience. The concept of putting it in your lap to do multi-touch for us just feels unwieldy."

In addition, Fils-Aime confirmed that the Wii U system itself will have an achievements system similar to the Xbox 360s, which also spawned the PS3 trophy system. "We will have that. Once you start getting into game-specific [Achievements] that's developer driven." However, unlike Microsoft, Nintendo won't create a policy that requires games to have achievements: "That is not our philosophy."

Fils-Aime also elaborated on other aspects of the Wii U, such as friend codes being replaced, the Wii U Gamepad's battery life holding up to five hours of charge, and that users will be able to transfer their Wii game saves and purchased digital content over to the Wii U.

Source: Kotaku

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Achievements? Yeeeeeesssssss please *_*
Jet
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"Wii U Gamepad +" with multi touch released a year after d├ębut when they realise the extra 10c in manufacturing costs are worth it...
I never really understood the appeal of Acheivments/Trophies. Maybe Nintendo's take on it might get me interested, but I doubt it.
Interesting.

I am confused about friend codes though. They need to tell us what online capabilities are going to be like. I'm not sold yet.

1wiierdguy said: I never really understood the appeal of Acheivments/Trophies. Maybe Nintendo's take on it might get me interested, but I doubt it.


Well for those who want to 100% a game it's great.. There's achievements like in fallout 3 where you need to find all bobble heads.. I decided to try to find all of them and it lead me to places I probably didn't know we're even in the game etc.. I know there's a few people who don't like achievements but that's your own fault for not wanting to 100% a game.. And it's a bad thing you don't wanna 100% a game but there's people out there who do and want to see the achievement and say "WOW" I got that one I'm so proud.. Instead of rushing through a game and just saying well I finished it but there's no point in replaying it.. However there's a achievement or trophy for playing it on a harder setting so I might do that and replay it... :)

M@ndyz said:

1wiierdguy said: I never really understood the appeal of Acheivments/Trophies. Maybe Nintendo's take on it might get me interested, but I doubt it.


I know there's a few people who don't like achievements but that's your own fault for not wanting to 100% a game.. And it's a bad thing you don't wanna 100%.


You're saying there is some link between not liking achievements and not 100% finishing games. If a game is compelling enough that you want to completely explore its world see all there is to see, surely the fun of doing so is the only reward required. Not some random virtual reward that developers have chosen to include. I'm not saying that there is anything bad about achievements. I'm just saying they don't appeal to me. And that it has nothing to do with not fully exploring all that a game has to offer.

1wiierdguy said:

M@ndyz said:

1wiierdguy said: I never really understood the appeal of Acheivments/Trophies. Maybe Nintendo's take on it might get me interested, but I doubt it.


I know there's a few people who don't like achievements but that's your own fault for not wanting to 100% a game.. And it's a bad thing you don't wanna 100%.


You're saying there is some link between not liking achievements and not 100% finishing games. If a game is compelling enough that you want to completely explore its world see all there is to see, surely the fun of doing so is the only reward required. Not some random virtual reward that developers have chosen to include. I'm not saying that there is anything bad about achievements. I'm just saying they don't appeal to me. And that it has nothing to do with not fully exploring all that a game has to offer.


Fair enough ^_^

I think I get frustrated when some gamers say they don't like achievements there for they don't want them on the wii.. I know you didn't say that but I see it a lot on the net.. Lots of haters :P
Blob
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I don't care for achievements at all.
I'll decide if I've 100%'ed a game, and I'm not killing 1000 enemies with X weapon to do it.

But if the achievement whores can have them on the Wii U then whatever, doesn't effect me.
The achievements will keep motivated to get the most out of the game so I'm definitely up for it.

Also, no more Friend Codes!! :D

Blob said: I don't care for achievements at all.
I'll decide if I've 100%'ed a game, and I'm not killing 1000 enemies with X weapon to do it.
But if the achievement whores can have them on the Wii U then whatever, doesn't effect me.


I feel exactly the same
Good point and well made about Multi touch. The Wii U Gamepad is quite filddly enough with all its features anyway.

As for achievements I never liked them to be honest, I really like Nintendos philosphy, that its better to put in secrets and things for the player to discover and share amongst themselves rather then just having so many tasks and making it goal oriented. Its up to the developers discretion.

And Im very pleased to hear I can transfer my wii saves and digital content. My Wii recently decided to stop reading disks, and I did 100% completion of smash bros on it! >.> not to mention my surely 100 dollars worth of digital content.

This article made me very pleased!

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