Nintendo’s bringing back the Power Line. Well, sort of.
With next week’s launch of the NES Classic, Nintendo will host a phone line for gamers seeking help. The Power Line will feature automated messages, and it will only run from 6am-7pm PT, Nov. 11-13. You can call in during those dates by dialing (425) 885-7529.
Here’s the exact verbiage on the goofy offer:
While playing one of the 30 great NES games included on the NES Classic Edition during the weekend following the Friday launch, you might find yourself puzzled by some of the more challenging games. (“How do I find the first Warp Whistle in Super Mario Bros. 3?” you might ask yourself.) If your memories of the original games fail you, no need to fret. You can just call the Power Line, which will return and run from Nov. 11 to Nov. 13, between the hours of 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. PT each day.
The original Power Line was a beloved service in the ’80s that connected fans to Nintendo Game Play Counselors who offered helpful tips and tricks. In this fully automated version, you can use your real-life phone (bonus points if it has a cord!) to dial (425) 885-7529 to hear recorded tips for several games, plus behind-the-scenes stories from original Nintendo Game Play Counselors. You never know what you might learn!
I never called the Power Line as a kid, did you?
I definitely got stuck in lots of NES games as a kid. I can remember the difficulty of trying to conquer The Adventures of Link as a six-year-old. I probably could have called the Power Line, but I never did.
That’s not to say my household went hint free. My dad was a bit of a Player’s Guide collector when it came to the NES, and I had a subscription to Nintendo Power. Both tools served us well on our quests through those modern classics.
Did you ever use the Power Line?
The NES Classic will launch on November 11, 2016, It will feature 30 games installed for $59.99.