Wow. Maybe that’s a record for me. All 9 bundles are already sold. I expect to have around 7 bundles available in another week or so when I get some more soldering done. For those of you that have just ordered in the last day, I would expect to ship your bundle by this coming Friday. I’ll email you when I do. If you don’t hear from me by Friday, email me!
Thanks everyone. You guys always exceed my expectations. Maybe I should raise ’em. 😀
P.S. I found that pic somewhere a while back, and I’ve been wondering what post it would apply do. Well, I didn’t have a picture for this post, so why not?
The day is finally upon us. The NGPC Flashmasta and Linkmasta bundles are once again available for purchase. I have all the parts in stock, and I just have a few small assembly bits to complete before they’re ready to ship out. I have put 9 bundles up for sale on the Neo Geo Pocket purchase page.
I am hoping to get some more bundles made again soon after these are sold. I now have parts for some more bundles, but, as it always seems to go, I’m running low on certain parts. It’s like a never-ending cycle. I mean, it’s a good thing, because it means they’re selling, but it means that production is slow at times.
Please note that the page where you can purchase the NGPC flash cartridge and linker currently shows an older picture of the bundle. I will update that when I have a full bundle all together. Right now, I only have the Flashmasta and Linkmasta as seen in this picture to the right. The full bundle you can purchase will look like this but have a hole in the cartridge and include a USB cable.
Thanks for your patience while production was slow. Now is the time, if you’ve been waiting to buy!
So, I might be getting some shirts made for a completely non-related project. If I do, I could maybe tack on an order for some NGPC shirts. I toyed with the idea of what it might look like. See below for some options.
Would you be interested in a shirt like this?
Do you like any of these designs the best?
Are you a graphic artist that would want to make this better (in like less than a day)?
Leave some comments ASAP. I may not have have much time for this.
The bundles are almost ready. Last time, I went to my parents’s house and we set up my father’s workshop to cut a bunch of NGPC sockets. We cut a whole bunch that weekend, but then my parents went south for the winter. Over the winter, I ran out of sockets, and he wasn’t around to help. Well, at the time, sockets weren’t the only thing holding me back, but for about the last 2-3 weeks, sockets were the main missing component. Well, my dad came back, and, since I can’t get to his house real soon, he offered to make some NGPC sockets and send them to me. I just heard that he has some that should be dropped in the mail today, so I’m really thinking that this weekend should see about 10 bundles available to order.
The real reason I wanted to post today, was to show off the sexy new Neo Pocket Flashmasta look. The Neo Geo Pocket Color flash cartridge got a makeover today, and I think it’s quite nice. This will be what the upcoming bundles will look like, except they’ll have a hole in them to access the switch. You know, the switch that lets you select between 2 different games. I haven’t drilled that hole in this cartridge shown here, yet.
Let me know what you think of the new look. Leave a comment here or in the forum.
Recently, on the forum “mic_” announced a NGPC development project he’s been working on. It’s a player that runs on the NGPC’s Z80 that plays VGM music (like this “Turn Off Your Radio” track shown in the vid). This music is normally intended for Sega Master System or Game Gear consoles, but now it can be played on the NGPC. This opens up a new world of already made music and composition options for new NGPC creations. Here’s a video showing off this new player.
In flash cart news, I’m expecting to have about 10 bundles ready in a week or so. If you’ve been waiting for one, the wait is almost over.
Well, I now have a new daughter that arrived at the end of March, so things haven’t been quite normal recently. The good news (besides having a healthy newborn of course) is that a friend of mine has started helping me with the assembly/soldering lately. The picture shown is one he just sent to me. The only thing we’re missing now is the NGPC sockets that are hand cut. My father’s workshop is set up to do those, and I will see him on Thursday. Hopefully that means we’ll have some sockets in a week or two and then there will be bundles ready to purchase.
The other bit of news that you may already have picked up on is that I registered the website www.flashmasta.com. I’ve been wondering how to handle adding new items, and I think this is a good way. Before, the URL was NGPC-specific. I wasn’t sure if I should just add another site, somehow make a base site that linked to sub-sites, or what. Well, the solution is that the Flashmasta site will house any flash cart work that I do. It doesn’t have to be NGPC. As you saw in the last post, I’ve recently been looking into some Lynx stuff. That will go here, too. The site will no longer be NGPC-only, but I expect that it will be NGPC-mostly for quite a while. If I do start getting into other systems more, I will probably section things off a bit more. We’ll see how that goes. As for now, I’ll leave it pretty much as it is. In time, it may evolve if I have more news about say Lynx or Wonderswan or whatever.
As always, thanks for supporting the NGPC and my projects! If you want to leave a comment here, I always like to see those, and don’t forget that there’s also the Forum if you want to connect with others.
In case you didn’t see this on my YouTube feed, I’ve been tinkering with some new ideas. This one is a flash cartridge for the Atari Lynx. This is an early prototype that has some problems and missing features, but it’s still a good proof of concept. If you don’t want to miss when I post YouTube stuff (which I hope to do more frequently), subscribe to my YouTube channel and get updated that way.
In a day or two, I plan to post some other news, but I thought I should toss this out there while I was thinking about it.
Here’s the deal as I see it right now. I think I will only have enough parts to make 3 bundles. If things go right, I think they’ll be ready in less than a week. There are people that have already been contacting me about waiting to purchase these. I expect that the 3 will go to them and still leave some people waiting anxiously. I know this isn’t ideal, but I am working on some ways to build units faster and more efficiently.
I have already begun ordering stock of a bunch of new parts. I still need some chips, and after that the big issue is the NGPC sockets. I will have to get a bunch of parts to start hand-cutting more of those. I may do the NGPC sockets on very limited basis until my father comes home. Then, I will have his workshop available to do them much faster/easier.
So, the bottom line is that there will be a tiny set of bundles available to those that have requested them via the contact form like I asked on the purchase a NGPC flash cart page. After that, there will be a period while I am acquiring parts, making some new sockets, having a baby, etc. Optimistically, I think we’re talking about a month or so before there’s any more bundles ready.
There’s the news. If you really want a bundle, I’m sorry to say that you’re probably looking at waiting over a month. Well, as an NGPC lover, I suspect you’ve been waiting over 10 years already. Maybe another handfull of weeks won’t bother you so much. I know how it is, though. When you want something, you get an itch that you can’t scratch until it arrives. I’m sorry if I’ve got your hopes up, but the plan is to ramp things up a bit more. I have a friend that seems very willing to help me build units, so if that works out as planned, this next batch should be very doable. If we could get another 20 bundles ready, I’d be pleased.
It’s been a while, and I know that interest is building. I want to be able to get these ready for you guys. Hang in there just a bit longer.
I know that the comments area here isn’t the best way to communicate with each other, so I thought a forum would be a good place for all of us Neo Geo Pocket Flash Cart guys could hang out. To that end, I’m excited to announce that I have just installed a forum for us. Head over to forum.freeplaytech.com and see what I’m talking about. I haven’t added any topics yet, and I will probably be changing the look/layout a bit.
You may have noticed that the bundles that were available sold out quickly. While I am very excited that they sold so fast (within 24 hours), it saddens me to know that I am turning other Neo Geo Pocket people away. If that’s the case for you, maybe head over to the forum and rant about how much you want one. 🙂
Seriously though, that brings me to my final point of the post. More units are nearly complete. Maybe they’ll be ready in a week or two. I’m thinking that 6-8 bundles might be available then.
It seems that I’m getting more and more comments/emails/contact lately, and that’s great. Keep them coming, and add the new Freeplaytech Forum to that list of ways to contact me and other NGPC freaks. I appreciate you guys mentioning this on other sites/forums/Facebook/Twitter/etc. I know that I am not making enough to satisfy demand, but I’m trying to figure out ways to ramp up supply. The more demand goes up, the more that will push me toward better production.
Well, I hadn’t intended to do this, but I got some requests for pre-sale bundles. I don’t want to sell units I don’t have, and I don’t want to offer this as a service only to people that talk to me about it. I’d prefer to keep everything available to the general public on a first come first serve basis.
So, I do have units ready. They are almost ready to go out in the mail. I’m just waiting for a couple very small pieces. If you want to purchase one of these knowing that they might not ship out immediately (I’m thinking 2 weeks if things go very poorly), then head over to the purchase page and buy a bundle.
Oh, and please note that this set of cartridge cases are slightly different than the cartridges I had previously. These ones are Neo Turfmasters (a good game), but they are without the translucent plastic protective case that cartridges often come in.