Nintendo Brings Back the Nintendo Power Line for Launch of NES Classic


With the launch of the NES Classic approaching next week, Nintendo has announced they’re temporarily bringing back their Nintendo Power Line hotline. Yes, this means you’ll be able to call a phone number and get hot tips for all those classic 1980’s-released NES games.

Now before you get excited to speak to a professional Nintendo hotline speaker, the service will be all automated messages. Further details weren’t confirmed, however this is sure to please old grognards (like myself) looking to relive some of their golden years in gaming.

The service will kick off on November 11th, the same day as the NES Classic, and will run until Sunday night, November 13th.

Here’s a brief description of what to expect, via Nintendo:

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!

Brandon Orselli


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