Someone left a SNES switched on for 20 years to preserve a save file

Umihara Kawase’s worth it, apparently

Back during the days of the Game Boy and SNES, games would save progress using a small on-board battery. It was great at the time, however, unfortunately, those things only have a limited lifespan, and in the last few years they’ve been beginning to die.

I was weirdly heartbroken when I found out my copy of Pokemon Red had died, and with it all the Pokemon I’d held onto for the better part of 15 years.  Rest in peace, Bumfluff the Charizard…

Anyway, Japanese gamer Wanikun has refused to accept this cruel fate. They decided to keep their Super Famicom (SNES in the West) plugged in and running almost non-stop 20 whole years, just to keep their save file of platformer Umihara Kawase going.

According to Wanikun, the only time the game has been turned off in the past 20 years has been when they were moving house (and, presumably, power cuts). All in all, the game’s been running for over 180,000 hours.

It reminds me of when I was little and didn’t have a PlayStation memory card, and so I left my copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone running the entire week we had rented to make sure I didn’t have to start all over again. Except, y’know, I didn’t keep it on for 20 years…

Gamer leaves SNES powered on for 20 years to keep his gamesave alive [Polygon]

Gamer leaves SNES powered on for 20 years to keep his gamesave alive

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