Judging by Nintendo’s lackluster E3 presence this year and the fact that the Wii U only just surpassed the 10 million unit sales mark, the company has all but abandoned the console and are intently focused on their next hardware, currently code-named the NX. Since it seems unlikely that anything Nintendo does now will reverse the Wii U’s fortunes in any meaningful way, it is absolutely essential that the NX is a hit that can right the ship. Unfortunately, making the NX a success won’t be quite as simple of doing the exact opposite of whatever they did to land the Wii U in such a terrible position, but it’s clear that Nintendo needs to quit dragging its heels and make the NX a slamdunk out of the gate. While it’s impossible to know what Nintendo has planned considering they haven’t revealed anything besides the fact that it exists, here are some ways they can make it a success when it eventually hits the market.
This is probably a low priority feature overall but you can’t undervalue the impact that achievement points and trophies have had on Xbox and PlayStation consoles, respectively. While the act of attaining intangible, essentially useless rewards for in-game accomplishments may not seem like a very big deal, achievements and trophies have added an additional layer to the gaming experience for many players and some people actually turn their noses up at games that don’t offer these micro-rewards. Considering Steam even has achievement points now, Nintendo is the primary holdout in this category and simply has to include a similar feature in the NX. It would be a straightforward inclusion that would build back some much-needed goodwill for the struggling gaming company.