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    Default Apparently there IS a decent GB/GBC flash cart out there

    I guess if there's something wrong with using Goomba and a GBA flash cart, there is a practical alternative after all: the rather poorly-named "USB 64M Smart Card".

    http://store.kitsch-bent.com/product/usb-64m-smart-card
    http://truechiptilldeath.com/blog/20...4m-smart-card/

    (I can't say I was familiar with the rabid popularity of this "lsdj" before I read about this either.)
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    Interesting. Especially since they seem to be working on full osx support.

    Looks like it's got good reviews too. I might have to get one of these.

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    Cool I just placed an order. $38 is not bad at all. I can use this for trying out random games and switch my entire Game Boy collecting habits to match my console habits. Complete boxed/manual games or nothing at all.
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    This doodad looks neat indeed, I've had my eyes open for a flash cart with smooth GB/GBC support and this will more than do the trick. Thanks for sharing!

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    I just picked one up too. I mean, it's $40. Seems pretty reasonable for sure.
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    Keep in mind that's got a maximum capacity of a mere 64Mb, which in terms people relate to, is just 8 MB. That would only hold a few games at a time.
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    As far as B&W GB games go, that's sixteen 4 megabit games. (Warioland II was the only 8 megabit B&W game.)

    I have no idea about GBC games.
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    Honestly, a lower capacity flash cart is almost preferable in a way. This really shouldn't be a problem, but I sometimes struggle to choose a game to play on my PSP given the hundreds of ROMs and the handful of emulators I have on there. Having to put a bit of thought into which ~16 Game Boy titles to slap on a flash cart would be oddly fun in its own way, sort of like carefully selecting what games to bring on a road trip when space is limited.

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    That's been around for a few years now, low capacity drove me away.
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    I am truly baffled by the notion that one would absolutely have to have more than sixteen games on hand at all times.

    What is the largest GBC game, anyway? (Or would that be best for a new thread?)
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    One or two Japan only games might be 8 megabytes.
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    I pretty much only want the thing to be able to try out games on real hardware anyway. Game Boy Color on the Gamecube's Game Boy Player is awesome and Super Game Boy is great for running black & white games. The fact that it only holds one save game at a time adds to the desire to just load up one game, try and beat it and if I don't succeed or like it very much just slap another one on the cart and backup the save if it has one. If I thought a game was good enough then I'll go ahead and buy a complete boxed copy.

    The site advertises this mainly to use for making chiptunes. I have a cousin who uses one of these devices for his band.
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    I have a really old 16M flash cart for Game Boy that connects to a PC via a parallel port. Obviously, they don't make computers with parallel ports anymore, so I might get this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jorpho View Post
    I guess if there's something wrong with using Goomba and a GBA flash cart, there is a practical alternative after all: the rather poorly-named "USB 64M Smart Card".
    What's exactly wrong with this? I use this set up all the time and I have noticed a lot of games are not emulated properly. Is this what you are talking about?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shellshock! View Post
    What's exactly wrong with this? I use this set up all the time and I have noticed a lot of games are not emulated properly. Is this what you are talking about?
    I was not aware Goomba had such flaws. Can you give some examples?
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    I picked up one of these about a year ago, my luck with getting games to actually run properly is about 50/50 (about half either don't run or have really awful graphic glitches) and I can not get the proprietary program that comes with it to actually put a GBC ROM on the cart: there's allegedly a checkbox to turn color mode off or on, but it just doesn't show up. I think it's outside of the viewable area of the window but I can't scroll, so it's just forever hidden.

    I don't know if mine is faulty or if that's just how the thing is designed, but buyer beware. This is probably an awesome solution for musicians but this isn't the GB/GBC flash cart we've been waiting for.

    Oh and FYI it's 64M split into two 32M pages, so the largest game you can have on here is 32M. Don't know if anything is even that big, but something to consider.

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    Ah yeah, apparently it was Densha De Go 2. Should be the sole 8 megabyte (!) standard release licensed game in the entire GB/GBC family.
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    Well, I've ordered one too. It'll be a nice alternative for carts whose batteries have died on me.

    Anyone know of any good homebrew/hack games I could put on it? Particularly Zelda ones?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheRedEye View Post
    I picked up one of these about a year ago, my luck with getting games to actually run properly is about 50/50 (about half either don't run or have really awful graphic glitches) and I can not get the proprietary program that comes with it to actually put a GBC ROM on the cart: there's allegedly a checkbox to turn color mode off or on, but it just doesn't show up. I think it's outside of the viewable area of the window but I can't scroll, so it's just forever hidden.

    I don't know if mine is faulty or if that's just how the thing is designed, but buyer beware. This is probably an awesome solution for musicians but this isn't the GB/GBC flash cart we've been waiting for.
    Oh dear. This is why I don't necessarily run out and order things as soon as I read someone's posts about them.

    Quote Originally Posted by Callin View Post
    Anyone know of any good homebrew/hack games I could put on it? Particularly Zelda ones?
    I actually heard about this in the context of the new translation of "For the Frog the Bell Tolls", whose engine was re-used for Link's Awakening.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jorpho View Post
    I actually heard about this in the context of the new translation of "For the Frog the Bell Tolls", whose engine was re-used for Link's Awakening.
    Oh, that's the game with that Richard guy, who has a cameo appearance in Link's Awakening.

    I'll have to look into it. Thanks.

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