I’m sorry to have to post a second article here. It seems that the first one didn’t get properly sent. We’re having massive web server/hosting problems right at the same time we planned to post our news about the new batch.
This is just a quick post to give you a heads-up. We plan (if everything goes well) to list a new batch of WS Flash Masta cartridges for sale on Thursday February 18th (probably in the morning, US Mountain time zone).
As you may know, these often sell out very quickly. If you’ve been waiting for one, here’s your fair warning. We plan to try to get to the point of keeping these in stock instead of producing a batch, selling out, repeat. It has been difficult to get to that point, though. For example, this time around, it took over 2 months to receive the circuit boards, as they were slow to produce and then got stuck in FedEx shipping/customs limbo for weeks.
I will be out of town for a funeral on Tuesday. On Wednesday, we plan to get these all finalized. On Thursday, we hope to start selling and shipping them. If you don’t see them posted on Thursday morning, watch on Friday morning. If we really have a big problem by then, we’ll probably post news on Friday.
These will feature a new 3D-printed shell for the WS Flash Masta. We’ve been working closely with a guy called Hipcat on these, shells and I think they’ve turned out quite nice! He is also working with us to produce 3D-printed shells for the Neo Pocket Flash Masta. If you already own a WS or NGP Flash Masta, and you want a new shell for it, head over to our shop. NOTE that the 3D printed shell for the WS Flash Masta will NOT work for the older fat circuit board that was designed to work without a shell.
Also, please note that it seems like international shipping has been slower than usual lately. COVID definitely had a big effect on the shipping speeds, but I thought that things were getting better leading up to Christmas. It was no surprise that shipping around Christmas was congested, but I would have expected it to get back to normal by now. That does not seem to be the case. If you are ordering from outside of the USA, please expect delays between the package leaving the US and it entering your country. It seems that the customs process is the main bottleneck here, but this is only speculation.
This is really very last-minute. We didn’t plan on listing WS Flash Masta carts today, but, all of a sudden, we decided to do a little Cyber Monday surprise. Instead of waiting for more parts to arrive to complete a full batch, we’re listing what we have ready, now, today.
I know this isn’t some crazy discount. It’s the same price as we’ve been selling them for previously. We just thought that listing a half-batch of WS flash carts would make the day a bit more exciting.
If you are looking for an added bonus, we can say this. By the time these ship to their new homes, we expect (but can’t yet promise) there to be a 3D-Printable shell available. I’ll add some screenshots of that work-in-progress. Since this post is super last-minute, I’m not even sure if I’m supposed to be publicizing this tidbit of info, yet. If this paragraph and the photos disappear, now you know why, but the point is that you could (in theory) get the PCB-only option for the WS Flash Masta and print your own shell.
We have just completed another batch of WS Flash Masta cartridges! As I mentioned last time, these have been very popular, and they sell out quickly when we list them. We are trying to make batches more frequently and in larger quantities. Last time they sold out in a matter of hours, so I hope these last a bit longer. There’s also a coupon code below, if you also want a Neo Geo Pocket flash cart.
We just added a new option and changed the pricing to reflect that. We now offer the cartridge as a PCB only, pre-installed into a shell, and pre-installed with a dust cover.
Note that the “Circuit Board Only” option will need to be installed into a plastic shell. You can use one from another game you already own, but you’ll need to shave/cut some of the plastic (for example to make an opening for the USB and some other parts).
We ran this same add-a-NGPC-cart promotion last time, so I’ll just copy/paste that coupon code and text here.
I know that some of you are wanting to purchase a Wonderswan flash cart AND a Neo Geo Pocket flash cart. As an added incentive, we’ll give you $10 off if you purchase them together! To get $10 off of your order when you purchase a Neo Pocket Flash Masta WITH your WS Flash Masta, please use the following coupon.
Our presale of the WS Flash Masta cartridge for the WonderSwan has started. We have stock to assemble and ship 50 cartridge boards. That’s what we are listing today. Once they are sold, we will assemble and ship them out. I would expect to have them all shipped out by mid December.
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.