A few years back when I lovingly retrieved my old Super Nintendo from my cupboard and dusted off its slowly yellowing shell, I had the distant hope that my 22-year-old Super Metroid save would still be intact.
Alas, it wasn't. The game pak's battery had dried up and I was left to once again retread the lonely corridors of Zebes from the beginning of protagonist Samus Aran's epic journey (not that that's a bad thing).
How could I have stopped this from happening, I asked myself? Well, I should've taken a leaf from this one hardcore Japanese gamer's book who claimed on Twitter to have kept his SNES — or Super Famicom, in Japan — running for 20 years in order to not lose his saved data!
The game in question is the eccentric Umihara Kawase, a platfomer where a 19-year-old schoolgirl gets lost in a world overridden with mutated sea creatures.
The ultra fan, who naturally goes by the Twitter handle @UMIHARAKawase, first made the claim back in September when he tweeted a picture of his old machine running the game...
...As well as the saved data.
Which is pretty heartwarming to behold if I may say so myself! But irrespective of the claims being legit or not, there is truth behind the madness.
Some old game paks used Static RAM powered by lithium-ion batteries in order to save your progress. But the saves would last as long as the battery was charged. Umihara Kawase was one of these games.
So 20 years and 180,000 hours later, this man's Super Famicom has been slowly ticking over. That's some dedication. But still, I hope he's realized the game has released on PlayStation Vita!