To coincide with the release of the NES Classic Edition, the video game company is gearing up to revive the NES hint phone line for one last weekend. So get your questions ready, Nintendo fans.
The NES Classic Edition, which is essentially a tiny version of the NES with a boatload of built-in games capable of hooking up to your TV via HDMI, is set to hit shelves Nov. 11 for $59. The list of titles includes the classic Mario games, Zelda titles, Donkey Kong Jr., Tecmo Bowl, Excitebike and a boatload of others. As fans of a certain age likely remember, long before the internet was there to answer our every question, Nintendo provided a call-in service for gamers who needed a bit of help with these games.
That’s right, Nintendo is reviving the Power Line from Nov. 11-13 to coincide with the NES Classic’s release. It’s a clever bit of marketing to build some buzz for the NES Classic Edition, and c’mon, who didn’t love lighting up that phone line back in the day when you were stuck on a particularly hard level of Zelda?
“Many of us have fond and wonderful memories of the original NES,” said Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing said in a statement. “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.”
Here’s how it works: You can call 425-885-7529 between 9 a.m. and 10 p.m. Eastern and receive hints from the games, plus some fascinating stories from workers who manned the Power Line back in the 1980s.