Am I the only person who thinks that passwords are BETTER than SRAM?
I'll explain why. In this day and age, you can hack a game to use SRAM instead of passwords, and how will you then play them? Either on an emulator - all of which use save states to let you save an infinite amount of times - or on an Everdrive or equivalent - which often has save states too, though not always.
By contrast, I can play a real cart on a real machine, take a photo of the password on my phone (like I said, in this day and age), and continue playing on an emulator, or vice versa. Not only that, but in some games with less complex passwords, they can be used as a sort of level select. I recently did a hack of Iron Tank in an hour, but the fact I could use passwords between the Japanese and US versions saved a lot of time checking.
So, again, I actually prefer passwords. As long as they use obvious characters that are easy to read. I know I'm hijacking the thread with my unpopular opinion, and for that i apologise.