Do you have old Satellaview cartridges lying around, which were last used 24 years ago to play an obscure Japan-exclusive game? F-Null Game? Well, this aging data is now worth it a fair bit of money Thanks to two fans who are careful to preserve the history of the franchise.
BS F-Zero Grand Prix 2 was originally released through Nintendo’s unique Satellaview shows. Accessible via a modem add-on for the Super Famicom, the service offered special programming and games that were only available for a limited time. BS F-Zero Grand Prix 2, for example, was only playable for two non-consecutive weeks in August 1997.
This makes backing up Satellaview data a difficult task.
“[Satellaview] Games were broadcast on a weekly schedule and downloaded to a flash cart that only contained one. ” explained Frank Cifaldi, founder and co-director of Video Game History Foundation, “So every surviving game comes from a used shopping cart that has this game in it happens to be the last one the owner played. “
To make matters worse, Satellaview storage packets are known to be broken down in a process known as “bit red“Or the eventual loss of digital information due to errors in the storage device. Therefore two committed F-Null Fans are now offering $ 5,000 ($ 6,893) (up from $ 1,500 ($ 2,068) two years ago) to everyone who contributes to their efforts to preserve Satellaview.
In total, the Satellaview broadcasts gave players access to 10 separate ones BS F-Zero Grand Prix 2 Traces, half of which have already been found and secured. The last five – Forest I, Forest II, Forest III, Metal Fort I, and Metal Fort II – still elude conservationists despite years of searching.
“If [the tracks] have not dumped yet, there is a chance they have gone bad, ”wrote Porthgeidwad, one of the F-Null Fans who put the bounty on. “More like a lottery at this point. If you have one [Satellaview] Carts lying around with apparently nothing on them, dispose of the information and see if they contain anything. “