Nintendo has previously confirmed that the Wii U will get achievements of sort through the new Miiverse online social network. But the company didn’t give any specifics or even a name for the achievements. Now according to a new rumor, the system will be called “Wii U Accomplishments”. The source is a development document from the upcoming Wii U racing game Project Cars, which is scheduled for release early next year. So far little is known about the accomplishments system, other than it will be integrated into Miiverse, as Nintendo unveiled at E3 2012.
Nintendo’s Reggie Fils-Aime commented on Wii U achievements back at E3, saying that it will be “developer driven”, and that Nintendo will not force developers to include it in their games. An achievement/accomplishment system greatly adds to a game’s replay value, offering points and rewards for completing certain tasks like finishing the game on different difficulty levels. It was originally popularized by the Xbox 360, and since then, Sony unveiled their own, “Trophy” system on the PS3. Even PCs have achievements of sorts: for example, Steam offers achievements in many games.
As for the “Wii U accomplishments” name, you can see the leaked document below, via the official Project Cars forums (registration required). There is of course a chance that the name is simply a placeholder title given by the developer. We’ll have to wait and see.