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Mythical Creature Spotted Outside China

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Unicorn in the wild

I have to imagine the market for this device is pretty slim, but I’m willing to bet one Arch Nerd would be most interested indeed:

It has been almost 4 years since Neo Flash announced their 9th project: the Neo SNES Myth Cart. Many have been long awaiting its arrival and it is finally here.

This is no ordinary type of flash cartridge. It comes in two pieces that need to be combined together with an additional original SNES cartridge when running backup ROM images in the SNES console. The larger piece contains the logic chip, RAM, USB port, SNES cartridge slot, and GBA cartridge slot. A smaller cartridge containing the flash RAM chip is inserted into the GBA cartridge slot for storing and playing games.

There are a few differences between this and SNES backup solutions we have seen come about in the early til mid 1990s. The device is much more compact and almost the size of a typical SNES cartridge. It also does not have a plug for a separate power supply which means that you will need to use it in a deck that supplies enough power to run the cartridge on its own. On the top you will find a USB port to program the device. Most old copiers used a floppy drive and some had a parallel port built in or an external parallel attachment to program their built in RAM. Onboard, you will not find a handful of RAM chips or a microprocessor like in old copiers. There is one memory chip that you load the games to and a programmable logic chip that controls the device’s functions as well.

What it boils down to is this is a giant flash cart for your SNES that allows you to take ROMs and play them on said SNES rather than on an emulator. (I’m sure at least 80% of the people are now thinking ‘what’s the point, then?’, but it’s for the purists who want to play the games running 100% as-intended, since emulation is just that: an emulation, i.e. an approximation of the real thing, and not the actual, well, real thing.)

Anyway, the actual review is LONG but (extremely) informative if you’re in the market for one of these doodads. (Naturally, I’d guess Nintendo wouldn’t be a big fan of such a unit but in a world of rampant emulation, this is probably not going to give the Big N many sleepless nights.)

One important caveat should you fail to read this in its entirety: virtually1 none of the games that use special, on-board, co-processors, work, e.g. the various FX/C4/Etc. chips (StarFox, Megaman X 2, etc.) will not, as yet, function, so caveat emptor. ()

1 The DSP1 games like Super Mario Kart, Pilotwings, etc. do work.

  1. 05/13/2010 at 18:43

    That is a ton of information to sift through. While the novelty seems attractive, it’s beyond me and my playing habits. Once all is said and done, it is still much more convenient to jam with a PC emulator.

    Plus, the idea of my SNES leading a psudo-sexual-electronic-“daisy-chain” kind of rubs me the wrong way.

    • ECM
      05/13/2010 at 18:46

      You keep you and your rubbing to yourself–we don’t go in for that sort of thing ’round here, ice herder.

    • Poochy
      05/14/2010 at 13:40

      I have over 200 NES games stored on a single CF card that is loaded into a cartridge inserted into my NES. They play like real NES games, because they are real NES games running on real NES hardware.

      How is that not more convenient than jamming with an emulator?

  2. Poochy
    05/14/2010 at 13:36

    This already exists in non-Super Famicom form: It’s called the SNES Powerpak: http://www.retrousb.com/product_info.php?cPath=24&products_id=84

    Same limitations, though: it can run Super Mario Kart, Pilotwings, etc., but not FX-chip games such as Star Fox or Yoshi’s Island.

  3. 05/14/2010 at 15:38

    Yeah, look how expensive that damn thing is! A friend of mine has one, says it’s great, but admits it is only for purists. I don’t have the patience to dig out my old consoles when I have an inkling to jam on something old. Living in a shoebox of an apartment, I don’t have the luxury to have everything hooked up and running.

    I switched between Rocket Knight and Sparkster over the course of last week, and I didn’t even have to get off my ass. <– This is always very important.

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