Does New Super Mario Bros. Wii Really Play The Game For You?

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Nintendo's hand-holding feature for New Super Mario Bros. Wii, dubbed "demo play," may not be as forgiving as we'd originally thought. One official description of the helpful option throttles back the level-clearing capabilities of demo play.

The Nintendo of Europe product page for New Super Mario Bros. Wii, spotted by Siliconera, says the "dynamic help system" will allow players to "access a mode showing how a level can be completed if you are stuck," which sounds more like helpful tutorial and less like you're outsourcing platforming skill to the Wii.

That description sounds a bit different from the way Shigeru Miyamoto pitched it to USA Today, saying "if a player is experiencing an area of difficulty, this will allow them to clear troubled areas and take over when they're ready."

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Going back to the NOE version, it adds that "the best thing about this mode is that you are free to jump into the action you're watching on screen at any time!" Which, err... sounds a lot more like what Miyamoto said in the first place.

Maybe the European product page's description had some specific details lost in translation and we're splitting hairs. My personal hope is that the automatically playing version is the accurate one and that Nintendo of America will get back to us with clarification soon.

Multiplayer mayhem galore in new Mario adventure! [Nintendo of Europe via Siliconera]

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Gosh darn it! I hate Nintendo! They're trying to make games too easy! Now they're making it so that the game will play by itself! Why don't they realize that real gamers like myself like a challenge! If other people can't beat it without help, THEN SCREW THEM, THEY DON'T DESERVE TO PLAY! GAMES ARE FOR REAL MEN (and manly women)! I DON'T NEED YOU TO HOLD MY HAND! Begin angry rant on why I am superior to non-gamers!!

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Oh wait, I can just not use this.

There is so much hate on this, but nobody actually understands how this system will function yet. Any information has been pretty vague. According to the first report of this feature, I believe it was stated that you won't be able to use this feature to play through the whole game - once you jump back in, you cannot save the game. If this is true, then you cannot let the game play itself for you - it can only show you what needs to be done. Which is no different than a person hitting up GameFAQs or something similar - which any sufficiently frustrated played would do anyways. Either that, or just simply stop playing.

Once they finally actually showcase the system in detail, then you can hate on it all you want, because at that point you'll actually know how everything is working. But at the moment, there is really no reason at all to get all up in arms.