Oh Wow: Man Keeps Super Nintendo Plugged In For 20 Years So He Doesn't Lose His Saved Game Data

October 15, 2015


This is a picture of the Super Famicon (Super Nintendo) that Twitter user @UMIHARAKawase has kept plugging in and powered on for the last twenty years so he doesn't lose his progress on the original Umihara Kawase platforming game. The game cartridge actually does have a battery-powered storage for saved game data, but the batteries have gone bad. That means if the power goes out, the saved game data will only last as long as the bad batteries in the cartridge. Apparently they were strong enough to survive a quick move to a different house, although that's the only time the system has ever been unplugged in the last two decades. Anything more than a couple hours without power could prove disastrous. Well, at least disastrous in a first-world problems kind of way.

Incidentally, I'm pretty sure my first generation Umihara Kawase, which has been on in the SNES for over 20 years, has been in operation for over 180,000 hours. If the power is tuned off, I'll lose all my replay data. Probably.

I don't know, I'm gonna go out on a limb here and say maybe if you haven't been able to beat a game in 20 years maybe you should just give up. Are you even still playing it? How haven't you beat it yet? I just watched a video of a guy speedrun the game in under 3 minutes. Maybe you should watch that. Get your life together man, your parents must be worried sick.

Thanks to Ian, who gets angry at himself every time he forgets to put his PS4 into sleep mode.

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