If a “Power Line” falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?

I know this is going to come as a shock to many of you, but Nintendo quietly shut down its tips by phone service this year, dubbed Power Line.

“This service has been discontinued,” an automated operator told Infendo.com today. In case any of you haven’t heard of the Internet, the operator goes on to say, “For gameplay assistance, there are numerous online resources available. For general product information, please visit nintendo.com.”

At last check, the service was operational as of January. It marks the end of an era for Nintendo, which has been operating paid and/or free phone advice for gamers in a pickle since the mid ’80s. If you’re bad with arithmetic, that’s 25 years, people!