Nintendo’s version of Achievements
Fire Emblem Heroes releases on iOS and Android today, and with it comes a list of both MyNintendo Missions and Google Play Achievements for the game. The availability of Missions and Achievements has been present on prior games, but I believe this paints a better picture of how Nintendo is approaching having Achievements/Trophies in their newest system.
If you have a Nintendo Account, you can access the MyNintendo portal where there is a list of games with specific Missions for them. Of course, Nintendo jumped into the smartphone business just last year, so the only games currently available are Miitomo, Super Mario Run, and the recently released Fire Emblem Heroes.
Selecting the specific game gives you a list of Missions to accomplish and turn into coins. You can then turn around and use these coins to apply towards discounts or get free games.
Then you have the Google Play Achievements. These are the ones that are most similar to what Sony and Microsoft offer on their PlayStation and Xbox consoles. Upon achieving each one, you receive a specific amount of experience points.
There is a total of 15 ‘Achievements’ for this game:
Nintendo has talked about a paid subscription service to be between 2,000 to 3,000 yen for a year, and that it will use smartphones to setup online lobbies and voice chat for games. It also offers the much talked about ‘Free VC game’ every month, but what is interesting is that Nintendo is lobbying for Switch users to use the mobile app.
If the mobile app and the Switch will be sharing the same Switch account, it is possible for the Switch to collect the data from the Achievements that are completed during the game and they relay that data to the smartphone app. On the smartphone app itself you would have a list of all of the games you have played, a list of Achievements for each that are or have yet to be completed, and a way to take screenshots or even share them through social media.
Nintendo could also do like they are currently doing with Fire Emblem Heroes and offer both Achievements to track your accomplishments within the game, and MyNintendo coins to give players additional incentives on beating the game in the way of discounts or free games.
It is possible that we will see a dedicated app from Nintendo for their online services, and that in it we will also have access to Achievements from Nintendo games. This time around DeNA is the one working on the online infrastructure for the Switch, so we can expect it to be much different than what is currently offered on both the 3DS and Wii U.
How do you believe Nintendo will tackle achievements?