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#1 2012-02-13 02:12:32

Chaos Rush
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GB/C Flashcart?

Is there any decent flashcart for Game Boy & Game Boy Color?

The reason why I'm looking for one is because playing GB/C games on DS with Lameboy just doesn't feel right. I like to play games on their native system. This is the same reason why I prefer to play GBA games on a GBA even though I have a DS Lite.

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#2 2012-02-13 03:25:11

stag019
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Re: GB/C Flashcart?

If you're willing to dish out a decent amount of cash for one.

I (fairly) recently acquired a EMS USB Cartridge from Nonfinite Electronics. $38.50 for the cartridge, or $40 total including the cable (although the cheapass I am bought one on eBay to save myself a whole whopping fitty cent). It's 8MB (the largest supported size for the Gameboy), and comes with nice default software. Read the listing for stuff like compatibility. I'm fairly happy with it.

There are other (more expensive) cartridges out there. I know IIMarckus said he had one once, but not sure what kind it was...

Also this has been asked before. I recommend this thread be stickied to help future members with the same question easily find one.


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#3 2012-02-13 09:25:28

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Re: GB/C Flashcart?

Apparently, there's a really good flash cartridge known as "Smart Boy", which can store up to 32 MB memory. Though I'm a little confused, if GB/C can only run up to 8MB cartridges(?) how would you get the console to run it? The person who made them is still selling them, though I'm unsure how expensive they are.

Nintendo also once ran a service known as "Nintendo Power" as a followup to their Famicom Disk Writer service, where you used to be able to download games in Japanese stores via "Loppi" machines for cheaper than the usual retail price on to cartridges known as the "SF Memory Cassette" and "GB Memory Cartridge". The service launched in September 1997, and it was still possible to download new games on to them until the service was discontinued in February 2007. The GB Memory Cartridges (GBメモリ) were also 8 mega-bit cartridges which could hold up to 7 games, (apparently 1024 KB are already used to operate the menu). There were two versions, normal and pre-written (I think the pre-written one boots straight to the game).

I saw some of them going on eBay going for pretty cheap but it seems that they've all been bought out. Somebody did make an unofficial tool known as the "EZ Writer", which allows you to store your own games on to the GB Memory Cartridge, but apparently they're really hard to find.

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#4 2012-02-13 22:50:52

Chaos Rush
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Re: GB/C Flashcart?

stag019 wrote:

If you're willing to dish out a decent amount of cash for one.

I (fairly) recently acquired a EMS USB Cartridge from Nonfinite Electronics

"64bit Windows is not supported"

...well there goes that option. Also even though 64bit computers can run 32bit programs, drivers designed for use with 32bit systems won't work with 64bit. So even though I can run the software, chances are it won't recognize the cart if I plug it in.



Torchickens wrote:

Apparently, there's a really good flash cartridge known as "Smart Boy", which can store up to 32 MB memory. Though I'm a little confused, if GB/C can only run up to 8MB cartridges(?) how would you get the console to run it? The person who made them is still selling them, though I'm unsure how expensive they are.

According to their website(s), the old website doesn't appear to have any price & order details (you have to email the owner and ask), and their new website is incomplete (every section labeled says something like "sorry we don't have anything here yet").

I think I might have to just build my own flashcart, with the help of this website:
http://www.ziegler.desaign.de/readplus.htm#GBTS

EDIT: I think I'll just settle for the EMS USB cart. I know my father has an old laptop with XP on it, so that would solve the driver issue problem...

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#5 2012-02-14 00:52:51

stag019
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Re: GB/C Flashcart?

Torchickens wrote:

Apparently, there's a really good flash cartridge known as "Smart Boy", which can store up to 32 MB memory. Though I'm a little confused, if GB/C can only run up to 8MB cartridges(?) how would you get the console to run it? The person who made them is still selling them, though I'm unsure how expensive they are.

Never trust a website to have proper capitalization for bits vs. bytes (correct means lowercase b for bits, uppercase B for bytes). That's a 32 megabit cartridge, which is 4 megabytes. The cartridge I was talking about was 64 megabits or 8 megabytes.

Also I've been researching this for a while, and I remember when Smart Boy's site had an actual listing price. It was $50 I believe, which is more price for less cartridge space.

Also, building your own cart would be long, tedious, and on top of that you'd probably still have the same 64-bit compatibility problems with the software. Unless your wrote software yourself.

Honestly finding a 32-bit Windows system is your best bet.


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