Category Archives: WonderSwan Flash Cart

WS Flash Masta Pre-Presale

Many people have been asking about pre-ordering the WS Flash Masta. I’m warming up to the idea, but I first want to get an idea of how many people are truly interested in this.

If you have a desire to pre-order the new flash cart that we are creating for the WonderSwan, then please follow this link and sign up. Think of this as a pre-preorder. This is not a first-come/first-serve sort of situation. Just sign up. I’m thinking that we’ll have this form up for a week or so. I really just need to understand what level of commitment people have and how many people are willing to take this early-adopter step.

SUBMISSION FORM CLOSED. Thanks for all the responses.

The signup page details a bit about the state of the WS Flash Masta cart and some of its current limitations. This is not meant to scare you off. I just really prefer to be open about this stuff. I don’t want anyone to jump on-board and then be disappointed.

Personally, I would prefer to have something completely ready before opening it up to the public, however I know that we could use some help with money, testing, and maybe even coding. If you go into this thinking that you are helping “kickstart” a process that has been slow moving, I think that’s a good attitude.

I’m always very pleased and humbled by the community here, and I’m excited to see how this early-adopter presale works out to benefit everyone. Thanks!

Just Before April Fools (WS News & NGPC Stock)

WonderSwan Flash Masta Cartridge 3-31-16I don’t want anyone to think I’m trying to fool them, so I’ll try to publish this just before all that starts happening. There has been a lot happening here. In some ways I have nothing much to report, and in other ways, I have too much going on.

First of all, some of you may already be aware, but we have re-designed the circuit board for the WS Flash Masta cart. You can see it to the right (or click on the pic for a larger view). As you may notice, it has an on-board MicroSD card. I had some issues talking to the cartridge and having the cartridge communicate with the SD card at the same time. I have come up with a fix, but, sadly, it will require a new PCB revision. 🙁 On the upside, we were able to fit all the goodies on a circuit board that doesn’t stick out of the WonderSwan. Woooooo!

The plan is to make sure that’s all that needs fixing, make another set of prototypes, and then do a run of 25-30 boards for you early adopters that want to jump on it ASAP. I know there are plenty of people that have been excitedly waiting for our release. I wish it was a quicker process. I apologize for that.

In Neo Geo Pocket news, we continue to play with the manufacturing process. The last few times we have built up 10 or so boards, they’ve sold out almost immediately. Because of that, we continue working toward a better “mass” production method. We now own a LitePlacer to potentially help the process along. So far we haven’t worked out the kinks in the process, but we hope that it will be a very effective way of producing PCBs once we get everything tuned.

In the process, however, we have built up a bunch of NGPC USB cartridges and will likely be building more in 2 weeks or so. If you want one, here’s where to go: http://www.flashmasta.com/product/neo-pocket-flash-masta-usb-32mbit/

At the time of writing this, we have several units in stock (ready to ship). I will try to update this when they sell out. They sold out very quickly again. We will try to make more ASAP (maybe in a couple weeks).

Have A Happy April Fools Day, Tomorrow!

Happy Birthday To Me (& the Neo Geo Pocket Color)

Okay, so I’m very much reaching when I say that I share a birthday with the NGPC. I just wanted to feel special. The fact is that I had a birthday recently, and the Neo Geo Pocket Color was supposedly launched in North America on August 6, 1999. Now that I typed it out, it doesn’t seem all that special anymore.

For my birthday, we did a little reenactment of the classic Office Space scene where they went all gangsta on a printer. I really wish that this had been shot in landscape, as all videos should be recorded, but it’s still a little entertaining. My hit caused part of the printer to fly over and hit one of the vehicles.

WonderSwan Flash Masta USB - PrototypeIn real news, we have been working on the WonderSwan flash cartridge quite a bit lately. I hope to have something new to show after we get a batch of new PCBs in. I am also hoping that these new ones won’t need modifications like the latest one did. Basically, I hope this next run of circuit boards will be just like what I’m showing here, except that it won’t have all the little extra wires all over.

I would also like to announce that we have used some of the techniques learned while working on the WonderSwan to resurrect the Atari Lynx Flash Masta cartridge project.

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.

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.

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!

WonderSwan Flash Masta – WS/WSC Flash Cartridge

WonderSwan WonderMagic Color

Thanks to a loyal retro gamer, I now have a WonderMagic WonderSwan Flash Cart system in my posession. This should signify the start of the WonderSwan Flash Masta project. You can see a quick picture I took of the kit that just arrived. So far I have very little to say about the project, but it is promising.

Today, I also found out about a new WonderSwan translation project. The Rockkman EXE WS English Translation (MegaMan Battle Network WS English Translation) has recently been released. See the trailer below.

If you want to see more, here’s the “Rockkman EXE WS English Translation: Full Playthrough.”