So in case you didn’t hear, Nintendo is set to release the NES Classic Edition this week, which comes loaded with 30 classic NES games. But that isn’t the only blast from the past that Nintendo is bringing back, as they’re also bringing back the Nintendo Power Line for a short time.
Yes, that’s right, starting on November 11th and lasting until November 13th, you’ll be able to see what it was like to get tips and tricks for video games before the Internet was a thing. Granted, the phone service isn’t exactly “live”, as the service was discontinued many years ago, but you’ll still be able to call in between the hours of 6 AM and 7 PM Pacific Time and get some recorded tips for several of the games, as well as a history of the service from several of the original Nintendo Game Play Counselors. Just dial (425) 885-7529, and you’ll be hit with a wave of 80s nostalgia.
“Many of us have fond and wonderful memories of the original NES,” said Doug Bowser, senior VP of sales and marketing for Nintendo of America (yes, that’s his real name). “With these launch activities for the NES Classic Edition, we want to replicate the nostalgic feelings of sitting down and playing the NES with your family for the first time.”
I know it’s just a marketing ploy to get people to buy the NES Classic Edition, but I’d be lying if I didn’t think it was cool. I never used the service myself, but it was cool to have a hotline where you could ask a person for tips on how to complete a game, and while it is convenient to find everything you need to beat a game online these days, it just isn’t the same as asking a live person where the warp whistle in Super Mario Bros. 3 is. The NES Classic Edition releases in North America on Friday, November 11th.