Nintendo Bringing Back The Power Line For One Weekend Full of '80s Fun
On November 11 the NES Classic Edition launches, but the Mini- NES isn't the only thing Nintendo is bringing back.
For the entire weekend of November 11-13, Nintendo will be reopening the Power Line for fans to call for tips and tricks. Unfortunately, there won't be any real people to talk to, only automated voice messages, but damn that is neat! Here is the press release:
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!
Spend the first weekend with your new NES Classic Edition playing through "retro games", and when you get stuck, you'll know who to call for help.
Nintendo is also doing a lot on social media throughout the weekend for what is being called "Remembering NESterday" - which begins on November 10. Nintendo will be encouraging fans to share old memories and photos (or even new ones) of their NES consoles using the hashtag "NESterday."
The NES Classic Edition is Nintendo's new $60 throwback box that comes pre-loaded with 30 classic games. The entire unit is scaled down, and features a '80s Nintendo menu screen for selecting which game to play. Games can be displayed in a pixel perfect mode, mocked up CRT mode, and an original 4:3 aspect ratio mode.
The NES Classic Edition launches on November 11, and is still not available for pre-order anywhere.