What did you do when you were stuck on a game back in the NES era, in the age before internet walkthrus? You called video game hotlines. I don’t know how many of these hotlines existed, but I recently came across a commercial for one I had never heard of before: The Power Line For Nintendo Players.
This help line sounds pretty cool, despite the fact that the announcer says Mario incorrectly. It’s Mario with a short a, not Mary-o. Still, they were giving away a free patch, just like Activision used to do for their 2600 games. I’d love to have that, and I certainly could have used whatever help they had to offer.
Sadly, I never called such hotlines back in the day. I never even asked my parents to, as they all told me I should. I knew they cost money and I didn’t want to make the investment. I do wonder today, though, if this line still exists and who you would get if you called it. Do you think the patch offer is still good?