They were fairly explicit in their desire to not have a unified achievements system across games, so unless there has been a change of heart there I don’t see that happening. It seems to me that they want to avoid the addicting traits of gaming for G-score or something similar.
The wisdom of that decision is up for debate though.
Yeah, their original review said that it would evolve over time so this would be a good time to check in with the system and see how things are going. I echoed the sentiment over on Twitter and Chris Grant agreed so I’m hopeful we will see some sort of an update before the holiday shopping season comes to a close.
I think there is a lot of value in reducing the feelings on a console down to a number, especially if that number is continually updated over the console’s lifespan. It’s a nice way of showing the outlook of a platform and how it’s changing over time.
(In a way, giving a platform a score makes more sense than giving an individual game a score)
There are mechanisms to reduce or eliminate any downsides to the openness of the platform. I don’t think it’s an issue.
You could always apply those $5 bonuses to the 3DS eShop, but if you did you couldn’t spend it on the Wii U games or DLC. Not having to choose up front is nice.