NES Passwords: Notebook-based save game storage

July 11, 2021

Topaz the Rabbit talks about a big problem with big video games for early consoles – how do you make it so you don’t have to beat the whole thing in one sitting? A video take on an earlier post, The Game State That Lasted Seven Days.

Thanks to Tyrel Souza, @ijimkoz, and @tiegz (ティグさん) for their helpful feedback, and to everyone else who took the time to watch it while it was in production!

I realized I messed up the bit diagrams for the Metroid and Kid Icarus passwords in the video. Oops! The corrected Metroid bit diagram is in the Spaces in Metroid passwords video.



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  • 2021-07-11: Initial post.
  • 2021-08-04: Note about error in video and link to video w/ correction.
  • 2023-07-13: Moved to MakerTube