Umihara Kawase

We in the gaming world like to think that physical CDs and cartridges are much more permanent than a digital option, but that isn’t always the case. Discs get scratched, games get lost, and in the case of cartridges with save files, the lithium batteries powering the inner SRAM save files die out, losing your ability to save your game.

One such gamer in Japan is so afraid of losing his Umihara Kawase save file that he has left his Super Famicom running for nearly 20 years. Hey, if there is any game to go bonkers over like that, Umihara Kawase is a great choice.

Translation by RocketNews24: “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.”

Despite having this magnificent save file stuck on his Super Famicom, he has proven his Umihara Kawase fandom by buying the PS Vita sequel, Sayonara Umihara Kawase. This version comes packed with the original 1994 Super Famicom cult-hit as a bonus, so even if he tragically loses his save file to a power-outage or some other form of karmatic justice, at least that will always be an option.

My only thought is what does he do when he wants to play another Super Famicom game? Maybe he bought another one for $3 over at a secondhand shop like Book Off, the absolute best place for old Japanese gaming consoles.

How far would you go to protect your favorite gaming memory?