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Super Nintendo Left Plugged In For 20 Years, Just In Case

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A dedicated Japanese gamer left his Nintendo Super Famicom (Super Nintendo) switched on for two decades, in case he might need to resume his favorite saved game.

Gamer Wanikun saved the Japanese game Umihara Kawase on his machine for 180,000 hours.

IGN News reports:

As reported by Rocket News 24 (via Nerdist), the game came out in 1994, and some game cartridges back then had a static RAM partnered with lithium ion batteries. If the batteries stayed charged, your game would stay saved. Wanikun’s battery started to fail, and since then he’s kept the console plugged in and turned on — with one exception. He was forced to unplug it for a short amount of time while he moved to a new house. Thankfully, the battery stayed alive.

This dedicated gamer estimates that he’s had his console turned on for over 20 years and in operation for over 180,000 hours. If he turns it off, he says, he’ll probably lose the precious data he’s been keeping alive all these years.

Thankfully, preserving your saves isn’t as hard as it used to be. We don’t have a guide on transferring your saves from your SNES to your Wii U, but we do have one from the original Wii. Check it out here.

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