First, in an attempt to distance themselves from The Great Video Game Crash of , Nintendo of America ditched the traditional top-loading cartridge mechanism used by the NES’s Japanese counterpart, the Family Computer, for a “zero insertion force” slot: The cartridge is slid into the front of the system and then pressed down, similar to a VCR. Unfortunately, this mechanism was infamous for being unreliable and constantly causing the infamous “flashing screen of death”, as well as gradually bending the pins in the cartridge. It gets even worse today considering the system’s been long out of production and many functioning NESes are in fairly worn states today, with all official repair services for them having been discontinued a long time ago. On games with battery-backed saves, when you power the system off, you must hold down the reset button while shutting the system off, or else your saved changes will be discarded. Presumably common practice back in the system’s age, but nowadays, most players used to just turning the system off normally after saving their game may not know to do this or forget to do so.

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