Just How Much Punishment Can A NES Cart Take?

Inspired by a three-year-old Kotaku article, Canadian blogger Rinry subjected eight NES carts to varying forms of torture to see just how durable the goods were. Seven of them were still fully playable.

This is a long, but very watchable (and well made) video. Plus you get to hear Rinry say "out" and it's always adorable when a Canadian says that word. Ultimately, the point is that old NES cart are rough-and-tough customers because the actual ROM boards comprise so little of them. You can do a lot of damage to the plastic, and so long as it still fits in the console, you're still good to go. How Tough are NES Games? [Rinry Game Game, thanks Corey]


    And that's why i love cartridges. That, and the lack of loading times. Who would have thought that you could insert a game and start playing it quicker in 1985 than in 2010?

    That was very enjoyable to watch, didn't even notice it went on for 7/8 minutes

    Wow! i can finally wash all those dusty nes catridges in my garage

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