Nintendo Achievement System may be Coming Soon

Two console generations after Microsoft and Sony first ushered in the idea, Nintendo may be preparing achievements and leaderboards for the Nintendo Switch.

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As Nintendo continues to catch up with the rest of the gaming world, there are still a few video game staples that the publisher's platforms are missing. PlayStation, Xbox, and Steam have had an achievement system and leaderboards for nearly a decade, but now it looks like Nintendo is potentially ready to join them.

Indie studio Crunching Koalas recently took to a Reddit AMA (via Glixel), where developer Tom Tomaszewski addressed a question about online leaderboards.

"Nintendo doesn't have an official support for Achievements and Leaderboards, like Sony or Microsoft but we know that they're working on it," said Tomaszewski. "We'll see how it goes and we'll add the rankings along the way."

Tomaszewski quickly brushed off any follow-up questions, only stating that Nintendo has hinted at such a system in the past. Of course, none of this means that such an achievement or leaderboard system is coming anytime soon. After all, it took until June to get details about the Switch's plan for online gaming, a plan which is still not set to fully see the light of day until 2018.

In the meantime, it'll be business as usual, with game developers adding leaderboards and achievements in their own games, as they see fit.

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