Tell Your Friends, 10% Off For The Holidays

Our “Cyber Week” promotion went well, and we have been getting into the holiday spirit lately, so we decided to run a holiday promotion for the rest of the year (through new years day). We currently have the Neo Pocket Flash Masta cartridges ready to ship.

This is a 10% off coupon that you can apply at checkout for ten percent off your order.

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I know that many of you have been asking about the WonderSwan carts lately. We are working on another small batch (10-15 cartridges) of WS Flash Masta carts, but they do take quite a bit more effort than the Neo Pocket Flash Masta carts take. I’m sorry to say that my guess is that we won’t have enough time to get them made before the new year, but there’s a chance.

In other news, our Freeplay Zero DIY Kits are currently in stock, and the circuit boards for our Freeplay CM3 DIY Kits are being shipped to us soon. That project is taking the vast majority of our time lately, because we have Kickstarter (and other presale) backers waiting for their rewards.

We really appreciate all of you that follow along here. We’d like to wish you a Merry Christmas and/or just a great holiday season.

Neo Pocket Flash Masta Cyber Week Sale

We just got some new stock of the Neo Pocket Flash Masta cartridges. We had wanted to do a Cyber Monday sale, but we had to wait until we had these additional cartridges. Well that just happened!

Now we can offer the celebratory sale. I know it’s already a bit late in the week, so we will run this 10% off coupon through the weekend. You can apply it at checkout for ten percent off your order.

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Thank you all for following our project, and have a great holiday season. We really do appreciate you!

In Stock Again – Neo Pocket Flash Masta

We have just made a small batch of Neo Pocket Flash Masta cartridges. We will try to be keeping these in stock through the rest of the year, but (of course) that will depend on demand.

At the moment, we have 13 cartridges that we have assembled by hand. We have most of the parts to make another small batch or two, and we are also working on getting another larger batch manufactured/assembled for us.

I hope we can keep these in stock for a while.

The cartridge shells may be a different story. As you may know, we cut these from sacrificial game cartridges. They are getting more difficult/expensive to obtain. At least we have the 3D Printable Neo Pocket Flash Masta shell available out there, now.

Neo Pocket Flash Masta In Stock

We now have the Neo Pocket Flash Masta in stock again. We have a batch of these that we are soldering in-house and then we will be outsourcing the production again after that. At the moment, we have 20 units built, but we should be building more in the coming days/weeks. That’s all the news for now.

Neo Pocket Carts In Stock (Limited Supply)

We have been getting emails from plenty of people lately that are wondering when we will have Neo Pocket Flash Masta carts back in stock. Well, we don’t have a full batch in stock, but we did spend some time testing & refurbishing some cartridges that didn’t pass our prior inspections. There is a very limited supply of these refurbished Neo Pocket Flash Masta cartridges, but I wanted to post about it so everyone that may be waiting for a cartridge would get notified.

UPDATE: These have sold quite quickly. Please sign up for email updates if you want to get notified when we post about the next batch.

Otherwise, we have been rather swamped with our Freeplay Zero and Freeplay CM3 production. That is going rather well, but it’s time consuming. If you want to keep up with that, please sign up for our Freeplaytech email Newsletter.

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Kickstarter Launch & Neo Pocket Flash Masta NGPC 3D Printable Cart Shell

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Freeplaytech Kickstarter

If you didn’t notice, we have launched a new product line called Freeplaytech. Under that, we are using Kickstarter to produce two products: Freeplay Zero and Freeplay CM3.

Head Over To The Kickstarter Campaign

The Freeplay Zero (which was previously called Game Pie Advance) is a DIY kit that we are producing to allow you to pair with your own Raspberry Pi Zero (or Zero W) and make a customized handheld gaming console.

The Freeplay CM3 is a DIY kit that comes with the processing power of the Raspberry Pi 3 built in allowing you to build a customized handheld gaming console.

NGPC Neo Pocket Flash Masta 3D Printable Cartridge Shell

NGPC Neo Pocket Flash Masta 3D Printable Cartridge Shell

We have also had some work done on a NGPC cartridge shell that you can 3D print. I don’t know if this is the final design or not. I had a purple version printed, and it needed a couple minor tweaks to the lid. Since implementing those tweaks, I have not yet reprinted the lid. I thought some of you guys might want to try it out.

If you do try it, let us know in the comments. If you remix this, please comment here and post your remix.

For example, one thing you may want to edit is the “lip” of the lid where you grab on to pull the cartridge out. That makes printing a bit more difficult, because you need to support the print. You may want to flatten that out and just add a slit for your fingernails to grab onto. A flat lid would be easier to print directly on the print table.

NGPC Neo Geo Pocket Flash Masta 3D Printable Cartridge Shell via Thingiverse

Flash Masta Now Open Source Software

The Flash Masta Desktop application is now open source. This is the desktop application that is used to interface with the Neo Pocket Flash Masta and WS Flash Masta cartridges via USB.

I just feel like I don’t have the time to properly maintain this code any longer, so it should finally be released to the community. It should easily compile under Windows, macOS, and Linux. This is the source code to the application found on our downloads page, and it has been released under the GNU General Public License v3.0.

To celebrate this momentous occasion, we are offering 10% off of Neo Pocket Flash Masta cartridge orders for the next 10 days. Just use coupon code open-source-10 (expired) to get your cheap flash cartridge. As always, we would love it if you would share this news on Twitter, FB, forums, etc. Let us know if you do. The coupon should be good through the end of March.

You can find the source code here, on GitHub.
https://github.com/TheFlav/Flash-Masta-Desktop

Price Cut – Neo Pocket Flash Masta Now Under $50

It’s a big day for us here at the Flash Masta project. You may not have realized it, but, up till now, we have been soldering all the Flash Masta products by hand. We have experimented with many different ways to apply solder or place parts, but it’s basically been a lot of manual labor to produce each cartridge.

Today we received our first batch of fully assembled Neo Pocket Flash Masta circuit boards, and we are pretty excited about the result. Not only will it take us less time to make these cartridges, but we can now offer them to you for a cheaper price. It’s a win-win, and I’m hoping that you guys are excited about it, too.

The Neo Pocket Flash Masta 32M flash cart can now be purchased for under $50. We are hoping that you could help spread the word a bit, too. If you wouldn’t mind, please post this news on Twitter, Facebook, reddit, forums, etc, because we are hoping that this will bring new developers and players to the NGPC platform. I always feel a bit odd self promoting this stuff, so help is always appreciated! I tried to make it easy by making the links (Twitter & Facebook) pre-populate some information for you.

I do want to be clear that there is a small catch to that $50 price I mentioned. Because it is getting more and more difficult to find the plastic shells to use for these flash carts, we are changing the way we sell the Neo Pocket Flash Masta. In the past, the circuit board that we produce came bundled with a USB cable and pre-installed inside of a plastic Neo Geo Pocket game cartridge shell. Now, we are offering these “extras” as options.

If you already have a plastic game shell that you could use, you can purchase the Neo Pocket Flash Masta without the shell for under $50. If you don’t have an extra game cart/shell (but you still want to cut and drill your own), you can purchase it with an uncut shell (a sacrificial game). If you want to just plug-and-play without doing any extra work yourself, you can buy the Neo Pocket Flash Masta circuit board already installed inside of a pre-cut shell.

So happy with how my #GamePieAdvance build came out! – Zach, AZ, USA


You can see all the options here:
http://www.flashmasta.com/product/neo-pocket-flash-masta-usb-32mbit/

In other news, we are again taking preorders for the Game Pie Advance kits. This v2.1 kit has some minor changes from the v2.0 kit that are mainly to do with the placement of parts and other issues that make it easier for us to produce. If you’re interested in having a handheld Raspberry Pi, check out our product page for the GPA at http://www.flashmasta.com/product/preorder-game-pie-advance-gpa-diy-kit_v2-1/. I you want to see our showcase of customers’ completed builds, that’s here: http://gamepieadvance.com/showcase/.

Game Pie Advance: Now Taking Preorders

Don’t worry! The marks on the screen are actually on the lens protector.

I wrote up a little post over at the Game Pie Advance site about Pre-Selling GPA v2 DIY kits. Since the store is actually hosted on this site, I figured I should post about it here, too.

If you want to just jump to the product page, there’s plenty of info there.
http://www.flashmasta.com/product/game-pie-advance-diy-kit-v2/

Otherwise, I’ll give you a brief description of what it is here. The Game Pie Advance (GPA), as you may already know, is a project we’ve been working on to allow you to put the RetroPie Linux distribution on your Raspberry Pi Zero and fit it all inside of a GBA shell. The end result should mostly look and feel like a GBA, but it will be running a system made for emulation.

If you don’t already know about RetroPie, you should probably head over to their page and learn a bit about it. https://retropie.org.uk/

As far as this pre-sale goes, we are collecting orders now, so we can purchase PCBs, LCDs, and other parts. We are also engineering in a couple new main features like battery charging and the option to add X/Y buttons. See the GPA DIY preorder page for more info about all that stuff.

Also, I’d like to ask for your help a bit here. As we’re trying to “kickstart” this version 2 kit with help from preorders, I’d be awesome if you could share links to this project wherever you might think it’s appropriate.

Thanks!

Black Friday 2016

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This image doesn’t have anything to with this post, but it brings back fond memories.

There hasn’t been a lot to publicly announce lately, so I’ve been fairly quiet as far as posting articles goes. The last time I posted here was August.

Today I am in the Thanksgiving spirit, and am spending the holidays with family. Today someone brought the Thanksgiving newspaper that is always full of Black Friday advertisements, so it reminded me that we were considering trying our own BF sale here.

Coupon Code: EXPIRED

Well, I have to run. I was just hailed to come get lunch (not Thanksgiving dinner quite yet).

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