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.

  • Job Genders

    To be technical, you could dremel open the game cart while it's still in the console. And just replace the 3V battery. Other trick after that: dump the cartridge contents with third party stuff so you can make a fresh ROM on a blank. And "get on with your life".

    And the reason this thing still runs for 20 years is that it was made before the internet and service packs ;-)

  • mildiii

    I don't get it. Why doesn't he just take the weekend and finish the game.

  • Meh.

    Bullshit, there's not a place on earth where the power doesn't hiccup every once in a while never the less a full power outage.

  • disqus_k2QxOV9H7Z

    Maybe he uses a no-break?

    Anyway Umihara Kawase is a great game and I wish they would make more games, but in pure 2D sprites.

  • dougfunnay

    backup batteries have been around for a long time
    i remember having one at home when i was really little
    the thing would only last like 15min but it was enough to save whatever you were doing on the computer

  • Deksam

    If it was a high score on Frogger, there is this Russian guy in NY who can keep it alive by hot wiring the ''holes'' with batteries.

  • Meh

    Sounds like his electricity is steadier than mine in the Netherlands. Kudos!

  • Brad Walton

    I thought I was doing too much leaving my PS2 on for almost 2 years and my 360 was powered on for over a year too. There were no memory cards for my PS2 and most of my friends would turn off their 360 as soon as it started getting warm. They went through multiple consoles, so I decided to do the opposite and just let it run.

  • Emmitt Morgans

    Looks like a Super Famicom to me... headline is misleading.

  • Emmitt Morgans

    Well excuuuuuuuuuuuuse me, Carlos!

  • da1nonlysage


  • Jeremy Tilton

    Sounds like the Frogger episode from Seinfeld.


  • Whiskey Ford

    Haha exactly. Let's hope this man's journey ends a little happier

  • Paul Atreides

    If that isn't the ultimate fuck you to the planet I don't know what is.

  • Bling Nye

    I'm going to go with maybe "Exxon," or "BP" on this one.

  • MostlyPonies

    Your birth?

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