Long before your video game woes could be solved through a quick Google search or YouTube clip, gamers had to use another method to find out how to beat killer bosses and solve maddening puzzles: the Nintendo Power Line. In the '80s and '90s, a simple phone call would put you in touch with a staff of Nintendo Game Play Counselors who were ready to help you conquer evil and keep you from hurling your controller through the TV.
Now, according to Digital Trends, the company is bringing back its forgotten call center for the November 11 launch of the NES Classic Edition, a miniaturized version of the classic console filled with 30 pre-installed games that plugs into your TV. The new Power Line will be operational from the November 11 launch through the night of November 13, from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. PST.
However, you won't actually get to talk to any authentic game counselors; instead, all of the tips and tricks for your desired game will come in the form of an automated message. Don't be too bummed out about the impersonal touch, because you'll also get to listen to behind-the-scenes stories from some of the original Nintendo Game Play Counselors.
If you want to find out how to get the Warp Whistles in Super Mario Bros. 3, need help navigating your way through Metroid, or just want a serving of nostalgia, you can call the Power Line at (425) 885-7529.
[h/t Digital Trends]