ROM: 2MB Flash (AM29F016B)
FRAM: 32KB (Data retention of 20-50 years)
MBC: MBC5 (with some MBC1/3 support depending on the Firmware) emulated with a Altera CPLD
Note: Having some MBC1/3 detection support may break a few MBC5 games on Firmware R1.x.
To see what games use which MBCs, check this list of games.
MBC5/3/1 Hybrid (R1.0a):
MBC5 – Bank 0 gives bank 1 like in MBC1/3. Hybrid support for MBC1/3 games.
MBC1 support is limited to 512KB ROM / 8 KBytes RAM, it’s locked in “ROM Banking Mode” but without the 2MB ROM support.
Uses 43mA more compared to a regular cart.
R1 – Uses 48-54mA more compared to a regular cart.
MBC5/3/1 Hybrid + MBC1 2MB (R1.1a):
Same as R1 but add the 2MB ROM support to the MBC1 implementation (only tested with 1 game).
Uses 48mA more compared to a regular cart.
R1.1 – Uses 53-58mA more compared to a regular cart.
MBC5 only (R1.2a):
Implements MBC5 only.
Uses 37mA more compared to a regular cart.
R1.2 – Uses 42-48mA more compared to a regular cart.
Multi-Game Cart (R2):
MBC5 – Bank 0 gives bank 0.
MBC1/3 – Switches to these MBC types via the loader.
Allows this cart to be a Multi-Game Cart when you run our loader software (check the Downloads tab on the left). It consumes 20mA more than R1. When this firmware is programmed, the cart will behave exactly like an MBC5 cart. For MBC1 or 3 support you need to use the loader. The downside is if there are any MBC3 games that have a 2MB ROM, then there is a chance those games may not work.
The PCB finish is ENIG, Gold fingers (on the edge connector) with a 45 degree bevel to give the maximum life for insertion/removal of the cartridge.
This flash cart will take up additional current compared to a regular cartridge due to the CPLD so you will see a decrease in battery life; this is standard for CPLD based flash carts.
When you place an order, if you would like the flash cart to be programmed with a ROM, you need to supply it to us via email (you can reply to your order notification). It will be tested for 20-30 seconds on a Gameboy Advance to ensure it works, if it doesn’t work, we’ll contact you. If you don’t specify a ROM, it will be loaded with the LSDJ Demo.