Gamer leaves Super Famicom on for 20 years to preserve save data

first_imgSo you think you’re a committed gamer? You’ve got nothing on a Japanese gamer who goes by Wanikun on Twitter. In a move worthy of George Costanza trying to save his Frogger high score, Wanikun has kept a copy of Umihara Kawase running in his first-generation Nintendo Super Famicom (SNES in other countries)  for 20 years.Released in 1994, Umihara Kawase is a side-scrolling platformer with rope-swinging physics, which was pretty impressive in the mid-90s. It follows the adventures of a 19-year-old Japanese school girl (of course it does) who becomes trapped in a world populated by mutated sea creatures. You can come up with your own tentacle porn joke. I’m leaving it at that.It’s a little hard to believe that there hasn’t been a single power outage in 20 years, but Wanikun could have a generator in make sure the Famicom stays online. His translated tweet reads, “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 turned off, I’ll lose all my replay data. Probably.”Games from the cartridge era had save mechanisms utilizing SDRAM. A small coin cell battery inside the cartridge keeps the data in RAM alive, but batteries don’t work so well in 20-year-old games. Each time the console is switched off, the battery gets closer to death. Wanikun says that if the power is lost now, the save game data will surely vanish. It’s possible to replace the batteries in classic games, but that usually requires removing the existing battery and clearing the RAM.It doesn’t really matter if Wanikun is completely serious about running the game continuously for 20 years. I think we all want to believe someone can be that committed to something, even if it’s a Super Famicom game.last_img

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