Battery Save Games (Your Oldest Save)

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Battery Save Games (Your Oldest Save)

Postby Gentlegamer » November 20th, 2020, 7:55 pm

All media is distributed with an expected life. We were told 5 1/4" floppy disks would hold data for 1-2 years, but there are 30+ year old games still alive and well.

NES battery games are supposed to have around a five year life. And of course anyone who collects old carts will find carts with dead batteries that need to be replaced.

Well, I sat down to play some NES tonight. On a whim, I checked my Zelda II cart that I received for Christmas 1988 along with my NES.

Below: my original Zelda II save game from 1989, still on the cart! Thirty-one years later!

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So, what is your oldest save game?

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Re: Battery Save Games (Your Oldest Save)

Postby VideoGameCritic » November 21st, 2020, 7:53 am

I few lessons here. First, those little batteries are a miracle of technology. I've had to replace very few batteries from the NES/SNES collection because frankly they tend to all still work!

Second, this is why people don't trust the so-called "experts". That guy I talked to at Babbages in 1982 didn't know how long a floppy disk would last, but he didn't want to look dumb so he just gave his best guess, and of course he was way off.

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Re: Battery Save Games (Your Oldest Save)

Postby Shapur » November 22nd, 2020, 8:24 am

Can’t say for sure my oldest cart. I know almost all still saved last time I checked, except Zelda NES. I was always kind of impressed that I never once replaced my Sega CD battery but it just keeps on going.

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Re: Battery Save Games (Your Oldest Save)

Postby VideoGameCritic » November 22nd, 2020, 8:32 am

Shapur wrote:Can’t say for sure my oldest cart. I know almost all still saved last time I checked, except Zelda NES. I was always kind of impressed that I never once replaced my Sega CD battery but it just keeps on going.


So apparently the Sega CD has a rechargeable battery that will retain data if you fire it up every few weeks or so. Typically when I turn mine on that internal memory is gone. I vaguely recall watching a YouTube video about someone replacing their Sega CD battery, which was a big project. It's not a CR2032 or anything like that.

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Re: Battery Save Games (Your Oldest Save)

Postby Gentlegamer » November 22nd, 2020, 3:05 pm

There's a tragic ending to this story. I played through the entire second quest to discover my number of crystals is glitched, prohibiting me from accessing the Great Palace and finishing the game.

Curse you, Glitch Gremlin!

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Re: Battery Save Games (Your Oldest Save)

Postby strat » November 22nd, 2020, 4:21 pm

My Zelda I (grey cart) still had its saves last time I played it (but that was a few years ago). However, my copy of Kirby's Dreamland 2 (GB) needs a new battery and possibly my Kirby Superstar. Otoh, after 7 years I've yet to replace the batteries in my keyfobs. Those CR2032 batteries are a bit unpredictable.


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