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NES Remix contest cancelled due to cheating

1/5/14 2:10pm

Nintendo cancelled a contest designed to hype the new Wii U downloadable game NES Remix due to cheating.

According to a Miiverse post by NES Remix director Koichi Hayashida, the Time Attack Challenge asked players to post their best times for Remix Stage 4 for Mario Bros. The game forces the player to control both Mario and Luigi simultaneously, and stage 4's goal is to collect all coins.

Participants were instructed to post a screenshot of the stage select screen where the completion time would be posted. The players were also instructed to either type or write the final time in their Miiverse posts.

A comment from Hayashida on Jan. 4 in the Miiverse thread revealed the contest was cancelled due to abuse of an exploit.

Unfortunately, we confirmed that there is a way to exploit the challenge to achieve a faster time,” Hayashida wrote. “In the interest of being as fair as possible, we decided to terminate the event without recognizing the fastest time.”

According to Destructoid's Chris Carter, the exploit involved constantly pressing the pause button to exploit the clock.

The event was scheduled to end at 7 p.m. PT on Jan. 2 or when the Miiverse thread reached 1,000 posts. The fastest time was planned to be officially recorded by Nintendo.

NES Remix released worldwide on Dec. 18, 2013 for Wii U. Its release followed a surprise announcement from Nintendo during a Nintendo Direct video. Nintendo is typically known to play it safe and give plenty of announcement before releasing something new, but this change of pace generated excitement close to the holiday season.

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Our take:
While Nintendo may not stop NES Remix hacking by stopping this contest, the company chose not to champion hacking through publicly acknowledging a potentially fraudulent record.

Sources:
Miiverse
Destructoid

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