As an immigrant, there’s a lot of gaming stuff Americans take for granted that I never got to experience. Stuff like Nintendo Power magazine, which you lot all seem to think was the dog’s bollocks. Oh, we had our own official Nintendo magazine – the cleverly named Official Nintendo Magazine – but it was, putting it mildly, a bit crap. I don’t even think we had am equivalent of Nintendo’s Powerline, a dial-in service where you could get hints, tips and cheats from Nintendo “Pros” who all Knew Their Stuff.
Well, to mark the upcoming release of the NES Classic – y’know, that teeny-tiny NES Nintendo announced earlier this year that comes pre-loaded with 30 beloved classic games – Nintendo is reopening the Powerline for a limited time! From November 11th-13th you’ll be able to pick up your hamburger phone and dial… well, not the old number, that won’t work, but a new number where you can get tips for the games on the NES Classic as well as get access to a bunch of cool extra content. Behold:
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!
How’s that for a slice of fried gold? I might just have to dial in myself so I can finally experience this quintessential piece of American gaming history.