Any child of the 80’s who had an NES remembers the Nintendo Power Line. My parents probably remember as well, given that they paid the phone bill.
To honor the release of the NES Mini on November 11, Nintendo is going to re-open the Power Line for a limited time, to help people get through all those tough classic levels.
“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!”
The NES Mini releases November 11, a week from today. That also happens to be the release date of the PS4 Pro. Surprisingly enough, I’m more amped for the NES Mini.