Twitter user “UMIHARAKawase” recently posted a picture with the claim he has left his Super Famicom on without ever turning it off, for 20 years.

UMIHARAKawase tweeted out this on September 30th:

The text roughly translates to:

“Incidentally, more than 20 years of SFC left turn is the first, working hours are considered 180000 time topped that. Power down and replay data will be lost.”

Because the Super Famicom’s memory cards run on batteries, they eventually run out and your save states for every game on the card is wiped after the system is shut off. Twitter user UMIHARAKawase didnt want any of that, so he decided to not shut off the system for 20 years.

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A game called Sayonara UmiharaKawase” (A remake is now available on steam) was released for the Super Famicom in Japan in 1994. The steam description for the remake of the game reads as follows:

Play as `Umihara Kawase` - a 20 year old backpacking Japanese sushi chef armed with a fishing rod, a rubber fishing line and a fishing hook. Avoid fish-like enemies, conveyer belts, spikes, watery pits, time travel and more. Make your way to the end of each level, collecting items and finding along the way. The deeper in to this dream-like game players venture, the more challenging the solutions and the greater the time pressure becomes. Along the way, look out for shortcuts and secret exits and unlock bonus levels.

The user has not clarified if he left the game in so he could keep playing it, or if he did it just for the sentiment of keeping his save state.

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Many people are calling the Twitter user out because there are a flurry of reasons this is not possible including but not limited to:

  • The possibility of a blackout
  • Having to move living space, thus being forced to shut the console off for transportation
  • The console overheating after mere days of nonstop running
  • An endless buildup of dust clogging up the system and breaking important components
  • The console’s power supply breaks (the most plausible answer because most power supplies die within a decade).

Regardless of the accusations, the twitter user holds his grounds on the validity of his story.

I would reach out to him for comment, but has not been responding to any English tweets. If I find any other means of contacting the nameless user I’ll do my best to make contact.

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