Nintendo Brings Back The Power Line For A Weekend

Nintendo Brings Back The Power Line For A Weekend

In honour of the Mini-NES (which is officially called the NES Classic but I’ll keep calling the Mini-NES because that’s a way better name), Nintendo is going full nostalgia, pulling out the big guns in hopes of blasting your brain with thoughts of the 80s and 90s. Get ready for the return of the Power Line.

The Mini-NES, a tiny box that plays 30 classic NES games, officially comes out on Friday, November 11.

From then until Sunday night (November 13), Nintendo will reopen their classic customer service system, allowing players to call the crusty old Power Line for tips and tricks. Sadly, there won’t be any real people on the line — just automated messages. But it’s still bound to take us all back to 1989, big hair and all. Here’s Nintendo:

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!

As the kids like to say, totally radical.


  • I spent waaaay to much of my mums money on that tip line back in the day. I remember the puzzles in Lufia 1 and 2 drove me nuts requiring a few calls.

    • Yea I did the same with Lufia 2. Some super challenging puzzles in that game for my 12yr old brain.

  • I can see how this will play out.

    Operator: “Hi, welcome to Nintendo Power Line! How may I…”


    Operator (Wide Eyed): “…..Er, sir…”


    Operator (Still Wide Eyed): “…..”

    [Turns off microphone]

    Operator: “…..They don’t pay me enough for this…..”

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