The Nintendo Power Helpline | Everything about Nintendo

Before the Internet was in every home and on every phone, video game players had few options when stuck in a game. While many opted to purchase a strategy guide or ask Help from a Friend, Nintendo has given players the option to seek professional help through the Nintendo Power Hotline. This week, Brian is joined by game informant Associate Editor Blake Hester to talk about his recent article about what it was like to work at the Nintendo Power Hotline and what Nintendo of America was like in the 1990s.

If you want to follow the people in this episode on Twitter: Brian Shea (@brianpshea), Blake Hester (@metallicaisrad)

The All Things Nintendo Podcast is a weekly show where we can celebrate, discuss and break down all the latest games, news and announcements from the industry’s most recognizable name. Each week, Brian is joined by different guests to talk about what’s going on in the world of Nintendo. Along the way, they’ll share personal stories, discover hidden gems in the eShop, and even revisit the classics we all grew up with. A new episode comes out every Friday!

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00:00:00 – Presentation
00:02:57 – First Nintendo game / Favorite Nintendo game
00:13:15 – Nintendo Hacker Convicted / Wii U and 3DS eShops closed
00:21:43 – Sonic movie and tv show
00:30:42 – The Nintendo Power Hotline
00:59:34 – Final rankings: Games we wish we had a gameplay advisor help
01:08:04 – eShop gem of the week: OlliOlli World


If you would like to get in touch with the All Things Nintendo podcast, you can do so by emailing [email protected], tweeting Brian (@BrianPShea), or by joining the official game informant Discord server. You can do this by linking your Discord account to your Twitch account and subscribing to the game informant Twitch channel. From there, search for the All Things Nintendo channel under “Community Spaces”.


For more Game Informer podcasts, be sure to check out The Game Informer Show, which covers weekly video game industry happenings, and Video Gameography with host Ben Reeves, which explores the history of video games – a series at a time! We also have From Panel to Podcast from host Andrew Reiner, covering everyone from comic books, including the shows, movies, and games that come from it!

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