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WonderSwan Flash Cart Progress

This summer has been a bit less productive than expected, but isn’t that always the case here? The good news is that there has been progress on the WonderSwan project. The crazy rat’s nest prototype can accept multiple ROMs and switch between them. The interface isn’t pretty, but the concept is proven.

Now that we know it works, we have been designing a new circuit board. The idea is to make this another prototype, but one that we can use to develop more code for. I have been talking to some people that may help out with coding, so they may get some prototype hardware to develop on.

It’s important for us to get this prototype as close to the final as we can (even though it may have some extra optional stuff for now), so that anything we develop for it now can work on the final version.

As for Neo Geo Pocket stuff, we continue to produce and sell that hardware. It’s always interesting that people seem to want them in spurts, so please tell your friends or post about it on forums, Twitter, FB, etc. I think that’s the type of thing that creates a spike in interest, and we need to keep up interest in NGPC and this site to make this whole endeavor worth continuing. Thanks!!!

Neo Geo Pocket With Front Light (on eBay)

eBay Front-Lit NGPCTHIS IS NOT MY SALE. I just want to be clear that I just ran across this eBay listing. I have nothing to do with the seller or benefit in any way from the sale. I do, however, know that people keep asking me about front-lit NGPCs, so I thought you guys might want to know about this opportunity to get a lit Neo Geo Pocket Color.

Front-Lit NGPC for auction on eBay
http://www.ebay.com/itm/331545431959
(ends May 10th)

WonderSwan Flash Masta PrototypeIn other news, I have been working hard on the WonderSwan project lately. It is finally shaping up the way I’ve been envisioning it. My current prototype looks like a crazy Frankenstein mess. I’m hoping to get all the proof-of-concept work done on this in the next few days, so I can have a new all-in-one circuit board created. Then, maybe, I’ll finally have something for you early-adopters to play with.

New Red Neo Pocket LinkMasta Cases Now Shipping

Neo Geo Pocket Flash Masta LinkMasta - 4-9-15 - Bundle 2A lot of things are in the works, now. It’s difficult to keep juggling all the balls, but today I am finally announcing a cool new initiative to bring you a higher quality case for the Neo Pocket LinkMasta.

Thanks to a partnership with 7400 Circuits, we are now able to have a box made exactly for the Neo Geo Pocket USB LinkMasta. Isn’t it pretty? We are quite proud of it.

All new orders will now include this new 3D printed case enclosing the LinkMasta USB device. If you are an existing owner of a Neo Pocket Flash Masta kit, and you want these new clothes for your LinkMasta, you can purchase one at the 7400 Circuits Shop (http://www.7400circuits.com/shop/). There were a few 3D printed cases that were sent out before we landed on this exact design. If you received one of those, you should know who you are, and, if you want a new red case as shown here, please get ahold of me. You should have my email address from your order, or use the contact form.

To provide a little more information to anyone that’s curious, 7400 Circuits is a new company that I am a partner of. The case was designed there (with my input). I don’t know what the future holds, but we may see 7400 Circuits helping out more with the flash cart stuff that I do here. I don’t expect that this will change anything from your standpoint, but I thought that you might be interested since it’s the first time that “7400” name has been mentioned here.

Here are some more pictures of the new case.

Neo Geo Pocket Flash Masta LinkMasta - 4-9-15 - Inserted Neo Geo Pocket Flash Masta LinkMasta - 4-9-15 - Side View Neo Geo Pocket Flash Masta LinkMasta - 4-9-15 - Bundle 1

Finally, Some News!

I can’t believe that it’s been so long since my last post.

Commenter Lukezab wrote in wondering if progress had stopped. NO, it hasn’t.

Here’s what’s been going on. My last couple posts here have been about Trouble With Robots (http://www.troublewithrobots.com). This has been my primary task for quite some time now. The good news is that it is now finally available on iOS (http://itunes.apple.com/app/trouble-with-robots/id849799076?mt=8) and Android (via Google Play at https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.art.twr). If you haven’t tried the game yet, PLEASE give it a play and post some feedback. It’s free to download and try, so you may as well.

As far as WonderSwan goes, I know that progress has been slow. Things move forward, but the pace is like a snail sometimes. Currently, I can flash games to the cart and boot them on a WonderSwan. The problem is that it’s not very user friendly. I have come up with a solution for that, but I need to prototype it (with crazy messes of wires running everywhere) and then do a new prototype PCB run once that’s working.

Trouble With Robots – Available On iOS (Android Coming Soon)

TroubleWithRobots-One-Sheet-600x900Trouble With Robots is here, and with it comes some promotional pricing. The first UPGRADE, “Chapter 2,” is free through Cyber Monday.

Trouble With Robots (Free on iOS App Store) Download Here
http://itunes.apple.com/app/trouble-with-robots/id849799076?mt=8

It would be AWESOME if you would:

  • Download It On Your iPad/iPhone/iTouch
  • Rate It On The iOS App Store
  • Share This News (with friends, forums, etc.)

Richard Garfield, Game Designer (Magic: The Gathering, King Of Tokyo) says,

“It is terrific to be able to play Trouble With Robots again – it is overdue for iOS. It surprised me that it still feels unlike anything else I have played, I would have expected some other game developers to use this obviously good game formula to make a bunch of exciting new games. I hope that it gets the success and attention it deserves – and inspires the new games which >I< deserve!"

You could describe the game as “Magic: The Gathering” meets “Plants Vs. Zombies,” because it’s a mix of CCG and real-time strategy action.

I put together a little video of me describing some of the cards in the game and playing a more advanced level.

Trouble With Robots

I came here today and noticed that it’s been TWO months (to the day) since I last posted. That’s too long, so I figured I had better give you guys a quick update.

Here’s what’s kept me so busy lately (yeah, that’s me in the video)…

http://www.troublewithrobots.com/

It’s something I’ve been working on for the last year and a half or so. I know this isn’t retro gaming flash cart related info, but it’s something that some of you might be interested in.

If you want to know a bit about the game, try watching the video I posted. That’s me, and it’s pretty much uncut, so I hope the video doesn’t bore you too much.

I’ve heard it described as “Magic: The Gathering meets Plants Vs. Zombies,” and I’d say that gives a quick feel for what it is. It’s something of an collectible card RTS game. Is this doing anything to intrigue you? What if I told you that everyone that plays it likes it?

Well, right now, it’s not quite released to the public yet. It will be launching on iOS on Thursday, November 27th (also known as Thanksgiving here in the US). Sometime soon after that, it will come out on Android.

Please, if you have any interest in playing the game (or just keeping up with what’s going on with it), head over to http://www.troublewithrobots.com/ and sign up for the mailing list. There will be a promotion (hopefully with free stuff if I get my way) that will be announced there at some point before the release.

Oh, and here’s some other promotional material and places to keep up with the goings on.
http://twitter.com/artcastlehk
http://www.facebook.com/ArtCastleHK

Stickers Shipping / WonderSwan News

WonderSwan Flash Cart Development First of all, thanks for helping to make our survey a success.  We are no longer taking survey submissions, because it’s a maintenance issue to keep up with new responses.  If you still want your voice heard, please leave a comment on this post or use the contact form to send direct email messages.

The Neo Geo Pocket scene is going great, actually. We are still shipping Neo Pocket Flash Masta kits all over the world. In fact, it seems like these are ramping up lately. We just shipped out two yesterday. You’re keeping us busy! We appreciate that.

Speaking of keeping busy, let’s talk about WonderSwan a bit. Yeah, it’s not moving along at lightning speed, but it is moving along. We’re testing new prototype and test boards that we just got in. We ran into a big problem with the previous version, and it was very hard to test to see what the problem was. Thanks to Andrew (my partner in this), the new boards are a lot easier to do incremental tests on and debug.

We have a incremental plan laid out, and increment #1 seems to be a go. I’d say that we have a few more hurdles to leap before we’re ready to worry about resizing the PCB and coming up with solution for end users. Things are looking much better now, though. Stay tuned.

Stickers: I know that some of you are patiently waiting for your stickers. I know that I advertised stickers for people that previously purchased a Neo Pocket flash cart, and I have your information from the survey. I had hoped to get these out in stages, but it will be much easier now that the survey is closed. I can just do them all at once. Expect these to ship soon.

That’s the update from our end. Leave a comment and tell us what retro games you been playing lately.

New Stickers And A Survey With WonderSwan Questions

Neo Pocket Flash Masta StickerThey are finally here. STICKERS!!!

Click here if you are interested in a WonderSwan flash cart development kit and would like to help direct our focus!

EDIT: Poll Closed (If you still want your voice heard, please leave a comment here or use the contact form to reach us.)

It has taken way too long to get these stickers made, but that’s not your concern. You care about how cool they look on your Neo Pocket Flash Masta cart, right? Well, take a look at the picture, and you can see how slick they are in action.

A guy named Robert has just ordered the first bundle that will come with these new stickers. I hope he’s excited. I plan to get that sent out early next week, and these stickers should be on all new orders from now into the foreseeable future.

For those of you that already own a Neo Pocket Flash Masta cartridge (or maybe several), there is still hope. I will send you a sticker for each of your cartridges. All you have to do is fill out a simple survey.

Speaking of the survey, let that be a segue into the bit about the survey. Heh Heh.

The survey is really for us to get to know you better and to get your feedback on where we should be focused. What can we do better? What systems should we consider in the future? It’s just this sort of stuff that (we hope) you would like to discuss anyway.

We are working on a new WonderSwan cartridge that has been in the works on and off for some time now. Part of the survey is specifically about this, so, if you are interested in WonderSwan, PLEASE fill it out.

Survey About WonderSwan Flash Cart, Neo Pocket Flash Masta, and other matters related to FlashMasta.com

EDIT: Poll Closed (If you still want your voice heard, please leave a comment here or use the contact form to reach us.)

Please note that, even though this survey is so we can better take your needs/desires into account, not every option/suggestion we receive may be viable. We are trying our best to please you, but there are a lot of you to please (which is good).

Thanks!

Neo Geo Pocket Color With Front-Light Mod Installed (Now On eBay)

This is a very quick post to let you guys know that I just listed one of the early front-light Neo Geo Pocket Color install units on eBay. I want to use eBay to gauge the reaction/interest, so please spread the word.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=321419672883

This unit is definitely not perfect, but I think it still works well in the dark (which we all know that most don’t). Leave feedback here (or vote with your eBay bids) and let me know what you think.

GBA Flash Advance Linker Xtreme – VMware Windows XP

There’s not much to discuss here. I have sent out 4 of these bundles so far (one left to buy), and one of the buyers recently asked about setting it up under a virtual machine. I decided that I should try it myself, and I took some screenshots along the way. In case you missed it before, here’s the link to snag the last one I have left.

UPDATE: I have secured some more of these, and I have set the inventory accordingly. If the PayPal link allows you to make a purchase, it means I have them available.




Flash Advance Linker Xtreme VMware Fusion Windows XP - Under OSX - 1 of 2

Flash Advance Linker Xtreme Running on OSX with VMware

Flash Advance Linker Xtreme VMware Fusion Windows XP - Under OSX - 2 of 2

Flash Advance Linker Xtreme Running on VMware Fusion OSX

I should mention that I tried it under the Windows 7 “XP Mode” virtual machine before this. I had issues with that, because it has a very limited ability to assign USB devices to the XP virtual machine. When I installed VMware Player (a free download), it worked the first time.

UPDATE
: I copied the Windows XP Virtual Machine files from my Windows 7 machine (running VMware Player) to my OSX Macbook (running VMware Fusion). The process was VERY simple, and the Flash Advance Xtreme Linker works fine there, too. The menu to connect the USB device is slightly different, so I took a couple screenshots of it. Those are shown here on the left and right.

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