Microsoft Cheats with Nintendo

By Jorge Ba-oh 30.11.2009 1

Microsoft Cheats with Nintendo on Nintendo gaming news, videos and discussion

A recently uncovered patent has revealed plans from Microsoft to possibly incorporate a form of user-driven cheats system into Xbox.

Nintendo recently introduced their "Super Guide" system in the latest Mario Bros. platformer, letting Luigi essentially show solo adventurers how it's done - from start to finish - if they're struggling that is.

According to Siliconera, Microsoft have been working on a fairly different system for over a year that would allow a player to look up a cheats database (presumably an online one) to find solutions and offer help from other users. So if you're lost in a dungeon somewhere and are seeking out a key, the system would in theory know where you are and offer a selection of tips.

With some practice and a lot of head scratching and profanity, you should be able to complete the challenge.

The patent mentions an ability to capture screenshots, record video clips and annotate these with a digital pencil or even audio commentary, tagging situations and objects to make life a lot easier.

What do you think of the idea - should Nintendo try and incorporate something similar alongside Super Guide? What do you think of Super Guide - is it an effective way of helping players?

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I think it could work. I personally won't be using it. (Just like I never died 8 times in SMBW, and even if I had, I wouldn't have used the super guide.)

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