Save Game?

Ok, so I am probably reaching an all new level of geek/nerd with this, buuuutttt……

I was playing Mario Galaxy on my Wii and it was bugging me that every time you turn off the console and turn it back on again, you default to having four lives, even if you saved your game last with 18 lives.  This annoys me.  And it got me thinking; how did games back in the day save your progress? I’m talking original Nintendo and Super Nintendo.  I remember some games gave you a code to enter nest time you play.  I assume this was essentially a shortcut to cut to the part of the programming that let you start at that level.  Was this randomized? Or could someone essentially post all the codes on the internet and essentially allow you to backdoor your way into any point in the game?  A lot of games simply didn’t save progress at all.  I remember you had to just pause the console and turn off your t.v. if you had something else to do, and then un-pause it when you could resume game play.  Kids today would probably laugh at this idea! As far as I know, NES and SNES were both read-only devices and did not contain hard drives to store game data.  I think this first came with N64 and the controller memory packs.  Funny the progress we’ve seen in a mere quarter-century or so.  Anyways, this was just something that was bothering me; food for thought.

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