No Soldering Required! Yum!
Changing the battery in my original 1999 Pokémon Gold Gameboy cartridge was easier than I thought.
If you’ve slotted in your own Pokémon Gold cartridge you will have discovered you cannot save the game and previous saves are deleted. This is down to the cartridge’s internal battery, which enabled the in-game clock system, finally running out of power.
Considering my Gameboy and Gameboy Color are still charging along like two indestructible tanks I can forgive this single cartridge having a shelf life. Luckily it’s an easy fix.
There are two ways to rescue your cartridge:
- Order a bespoke Pokémon Gold battery online and solder it into place.
- Buy a bog standard watch battery and tape into place and hope for the best.
Follow along at home and see which method I followed: