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What are Flash Cartridges?
Flash cartridges are a type of game cartridge that uses flash memory to store games. They are often used with retro consoles to play games that are no longer in production or that are very expensive to purchase. Flash cartridges can also be used to play homebrew games, which are games that are created by independent developers. They are known by different names such as flash carts, SD Multicarts and ROM carts.
There are many different types of flash cartridges available (which we show below) each with its own set of features. Some flash cartridges can only store a limited number of games, while others can store hundreds or even thousands of games on a micro SD card.
What are the advantages of using a Flash Cartridge?
Flash cartridges offer a number of advantages over traditional game cartridges. First, they are much more convenient. With a flash cartridge, you can store all of your games on a single cartridge, rather than having to carry around multiple cartridges. Second, ROM carts are often cheaper than traditional game cartridges. Third, they can be used to play games that are no longer in production or that are very expensive to purchase.
What are the disadvantages of using a Flash Cartridge?
However, flash cartridges also have some disadvantages. First, they can be illegal in some countries. Second, they can damage your console if they are not used properly or clones of originals. Third, ROM carts can be used to pirate games, which is illegal in many countries.
Overall, flash carts are a great way to play retro games. They are convenient, affordable, and can be used to play games that are no longer in production or that are very expensive to purchase. However, it is important to be aware of the potential legal and ethical issues surrounding the use of flash cartridges.
Pros and cons of using Flash Cartridges
There are many advantages to using flash carts for consoles. Some of the most notable advantages include:
Should I buy a Flash Cartridge?
Flash cartridges offer a number of advantages over traditional game cartridges. However, it is important to be aware of the potential legal and ethical issues surrounding the use of flash cartridges. Ultimately, the decision of whether or not to use a flash cartridge is up to you.
What Flash Cartridges are available?
Flash+ Cartridge: WIP cartridge based on other designs but will be easier to use without having to use dip switches, remove proms etc. https://www.cpcwiki.eu/forum/amstrad-cpc-hardware/amstrad-gx4000-cpc-464-6128-plus-reflashable-flash-cartridge/
Amstrad CPC 464/664/6128
M4: Amazing flash cartridge that supports a variety of formats including CPC+ cartridges. http://www.spinpoint.org/
Harmony cart: http://harmony.atariage.com/order.html
Atarimax 5200: http://www.atarimax.com/5200sd/documentation/index.html
Mateos Atari 7800 Rewritable Multigame Cartridge 16in1: http://www.vectrex.hackermesh.org/index.php/en/mvbd-mvmc-3/faq
RetroHQ Mega 7800 Game Drive: In development flash cart RetroHQ
WS Flash Masta: http://www.flashmasta.com/
TurboSPI – Read or watch our BBC Micro Retro Restore where we cover the TurboSPI
NOTE: There are slightly different models which have varying features such as the SmartSPI and MicroSPI.
SD2BBC – The Future Was 8bit Store
Atarimax Colecovision Ultimate SD Multi-Cart: http://www.atarimax.com/colecosd/documentation/
Commodore 64/128 (C64/C128)
Dragon 32/64 & Tandy CoCo 1, 2 and 3
CoCo SDC: Compatible with Dragon 32/64 and Tandy CoCo 1, 2 and 3. http://cocosdc.blogspot.com/
There are quite a few different flash carts that all do essentially the same.
MegaFlashROM SCC+ SD – https://www.msx.org/wiki/MSX_Cartridge_Shop_MegaFlashROM_SCC%2B_SD
Neo Geo (Both AES & MVS)
Neo SD AES & MVS: Both succeeded by the Pro models with Neo Geo CD Support
Neo SD Pro AES & MVS: https://terraonion.com/
Darksoft’s Multi MVS: https://www.arcade-projects.com/threads/get-your-multimvs-here.4449/
Darksoft’s Multi AES: https://www.arcade-projects.com/threads/get-your-aes-multi-here.8786/ – Read our Darksoft Multi AES review here
Neo Geo Pocket (NGPC)
Nintendo 64 (N64) :
Everdrive 64: https://krikzz.com/
Nintendo DS (NDS)
Nintendo Entertainment System (NES)
Everdrive N8 Pro: https://krikzz.com/
Nintendo Famicom Disk System (FDS):
Nintendo Game Boy / Game Boy Color (GB/GBC)
Nintendo Game Boy Advance (GBA)
Everdrive GBA x5: https://krikzz.com/
Nintendo Virtual Boy
PC Engine / TurboGrafx-16 (PCE/TG16)
SEGA Game Gear (GG)
Everdrive GG: https://krikzz.com/
SEGA Genesis/Mega Drive (MD)
SEGA Master System (SMS)
Master Everdrive: https://krikzz.com/