The Nintendo Switch doesn’t have an achievements system like the Xbox One or a trophy list like the PlayStation 4, but the Switch version of Minecraft is soon going to have its own form of achievements.
Patrick Maka on Twitter was one of the first to spot the appearance of the achievements, and TrueAchievements reported on the full achievements list shortly afterwards. From the looks of things, the Nintendo Switch version of the game will share the same achievement names and descriptions as the Xbox version of the game, and will even award Gamerscore.
— Patrick Maka (@PMaka1991) April 12, 2018
This doesn’t mean that Nintendo is copying the Xbox system. Instead, it seems that—much like the mobile versions of Minecraft—the Switch will use an extension of the Xbox achievement system connected to Xbox Live. This is already in place, thanks to the cross-play functionality from Minecraft‘s Better Together update, which asks users to create a Gamertag in order to play with friends on other consoles.
Still, it’s interesting to effectively be able to earn achievements for one console while playing on an entirely different console. Nintendo still hasn’t announced any plans to implement an achievement or Trophy system of its own, though, so until then, Minecraft players might as well rack up their Gamerscore.