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Gamer Leaves SNES On For 20 Years To Save Game

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What's the longest video game session you've ever had?

A whole night of Halo? An extended weekend of Fifa? A misspent summer holiday up to your eyeballs in Champ Manager

All little league compared to Wanikun, who's left his copy of Umihara Kawase plugged into his SNES system for some 20 years.

He hasn't technically been playing Umihara Kawase all this time. A rock-hard platform adventure released in Japan in 1994, the cartridge game used Static RAM to save a player's progress: a small battery inside the cartridge would keep the SRAM powered with enough juice to hold on to your save data. If the battery died, so would your game data.

When Wanikun realised the battery in his Umihara Kawase cartridge failed to recharge some 20 years ago, he decided to take the drastic action of leaving the game plugged in, constantly charging the SRAM.

He apparently had to unplug the SNES when he moved house, but the game data thankfully had enough charge to remain intact. 

He could look to refit the cartridge's battery, or, you know... find a new favourite video game? Either way, props to Wanikun and what's probably the hardest-working SNES in existence.


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