Nintendo will introduce an experimental new hints system with New Super Mario Bros. Wii this year. The system didn't have a name until Kotaku went hands-on and learned Nintendo has officially dubbed it the "Super Guide." Kotaku learned some key details that I wondered aloud about when more details about the then-called "Dynamic Help System" were released last week.
Super Guide is enabled after losing eight lives, when green box appears above Mario's head, opening the door to Super Guide mode. A computer-controlled Luigi moves through the level -- Kotaku noted the still-in-development Super Guide-based Luigi actually died while running through the level -- but his movement can be interrupted at any time by the player, allowing them to take over.
I'd hypothesized Super Guide wouldn't record progress for participants. Nintendo might show you the path to the end of the level, but they want you to do it yourself, right? Wrong. As it turns out, Super Guide is simply a helpful option and not a feature Nintendo wants players to be embarrassed about enabling. When you finish a stage using Super Guide, it counts as an officially completed level.
A bold move, but an optional feature. If that means more difficult stages in New Super Mario Bros. Wii, but a way for the less experience players to skip ahead, that's a thumbs up from me.