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  1. There's actually at least three, including this one, but this one is the only SD card based one.
  2. We talked early on in testing about the possibility of having multiple saves per game in the way you describe, @str0m. I'm not aware that numbering multiple saves automatically was ever implemented, but you could handle it manually by creating multiple copies of the same game with different names (*_01, etc). Currently you manually back up a game with save intact before you want to remove it from flash. You do this from the flash menu by holding B and pressing Right on the stick. To copy the game back with that same save, you need to flash it again later from the saves folder as opposed to your main roms location. Thanks for this @SainT - I've been wondering about this for a while actually (I may have sent you a PM about it a while back I think?). My cart from SAG seemed to have a different version than my last prerelease version from a couple years back and I couldn't find any info out there about what may have changed.
  3. I don't want to get too off topic here, but since it came up in recent conversation...I just happened to tag Custom Game Cases on instagram the other day about possible repro NGP snap cases... I'm sure it's a long list but it's still exciting
  4. They didn't release a Deluxe Edition of the Game Gear ED until fairly recently, alongside the GG BitBox cases which makes sense since it would take a special case to fit those. So when I saw this announcement I was hopeful they somehow quietly made a custom NGP game case but figured that was just wishful thinking...I mean, it'd be a pretty large investment to mass produce cases like this for a console with such small demand...though if they could make them fit multiple different carts, then maybe. They've been talking about doing a "classic" console run of BitBoxes for a long time that would fit 2600 and a bunch of other older cart types but I guess that never saw the light of day. Maybe someday someone will come across a warehouse of nothing but the black clam shell cases that non-US NGP games came in for a while there or (probably more likely and cheaper) someone will repro them. I mean, we're getting Virtual Boy cases soon, so I'd say there's hope for the NGP yet! Most of my collection has either the Japanese clam shell case or original box, but I do still have my fair share of loose (with game case) carts. I'd like to one day get those cased up and shelved but it is what it is, I guess. While they're still loose in there a bit, it's actually not bad and I much prefer keeping the game cases in there, honestly. One thing I really wish they'd done with the SNES BitBoxes was allow room for the original dust covers. I manage to still have a good number of those and it's kind of a shame to case the carts up and then just have the dust covers...collecting dust...(which is, I mean, exactly what they're kinda supposed to do anyway...🤔)
  5. That's a fair point - The GBX BitBox cases will fit NGP carts both loose and inside their small clam shell cases. The foam SAG added simply makes the fit a bit more snug and prevents the cart from sliding around. For comparison, though, I've attached a couple more pics. And yes, there is enough room for these to close with the clam shell case inside, it's just not a completely snug fit is all.
  6. Got mine from SAG today. From what I can tell, the "extras" to the deluxe edition are a NeoPocket sticker, a SAG sticker, and a SAG business card (in addition the case and manual). I got the NGPC "themed" deluxe edition since AES or MVS styled stuff doesn't really "fit" the NGP to me, though I'd probably like the black AES style better overall...I gotta say, this is not really really up to their usual standard for deluxe edition artwork, in my opinion, but at least they provide options. I can also confirm that the BitBox case is just a GBA case with a bit of foam adhered in place to fit the cart. All told, it's only an extra $12 or so to get a nice case, so it's fine. Then again, once you have one of these, you'll never really need to change carts again, so perhaps a case is unnecessary? 🤔 The firmware is v1.02 (the version on RetroHQ matches the one on SAG) and I'm fairly certain my beta cart is is running v1.01 - I'm not sure what the difference is. I haven't played with it a whole lot yet but I haven't seen any noticeable differences thus far. I have a guess based on old beta testing talks with SainT and the rest of the testing crew, but can't be sure (if I'm right, it's nothing major that that the end user would notice in most cases). Regardless, I'm super happy to see this out with distributors and from what I've seen it's been getting a really great response from a larger audience. Really glad to see this getting the love it deserves. I will say I really like the new shell. It looks more like an original cart and has a super nice texture to it. The SD card sits a tad bit more flush with the top of it than it did the old shell. This is minor but definitely makes it seem more polished. Overall, I don't think there's any reason for anyone to "upgrade" unless they just want to. Personally, I wanted a second one anyway, so here we are. But if you've been waiting and don't have one yet, it may be time to go through one of these sites.
  7. Unless there's something else not advertised, you can get the deluxe edition with a case and stickers along with the manual. I did go ahead and order one since I wanted a second cart for link play anyway and just because I'm a sucker for their deluxe editions... I'm more curious if this could mean custom NGP BitBox cases? I doubt it but I'd love nice cases for the few loose carts I have sitting around. Sent from my Pixel 2 using Tapatalk
  8. Flashmasta was great but yes I'd say this is what you want these days. Just like the flashmasta was a step up from the Bung flash cart from back in the day, this is a step (or several, really) up from the flashmasta.
  9. I assume he's talking about BennVenn unless there's another one in the works someplace.
  10. Quite possibly. I'm not sure what front lights are being used now, but mine was salvaged from a broken GBA SP. For anyone mostly playing at home, I'd say a good lamp you can sit under is the best option but if you move around a lot that's when it becomes a pain.
  11. Terrible? I get the point you're trying to make, but I have all three options you mention and, in my opinion, the front light mod is by far the best solution. The worm light not only causes a glare but since it has to be pointed directly at the screen to do anything, it also blocks your view. The point is moot I guess since hastor said he didn't want to mod the system anyway. But for anyone on the fence, I'd say go for it. I got mine installed 10+ years ago and my NGPC has gotten way more play because of it, despite the color washout.
  12. Someone else could explain this way better and I could, but you can "lose" memory due to how the games are flashed. Remember, this thing is broken up into two 8M flash chips, so 16M total, with 15M free for games (see first post). In other words, you're not working with 15M in full, you're working with 2x ~8M. I'm not sure how that last 1M is broken up in there for the OS. As the guide says (unless it was removed or changed prior to final printing): "Due to the way ROM images are stored on the FLASH memory, not all the storage space can always be used when installing larger games. It is advised to install larger games first."
  13. I think this could be a fun project, especially if the code was open source so people could build one if they wanted to but someone could also build and sell them for those that can't or don't want to bother. I wouldn't mind building some for people but I don't have the know how or time to figure out the code part of it.
  14. I doubt there's enough demand to pre make them... I don't think flavor makes his anymore either. Could this maybe be done with an Arduino and proper connector? If so people could make one pretty easily.
  15. Yeah we found this during testing. All dumped roms I had were the same way which I thought was odd... Even the NoIntro rom and the so called good dump in the good set. I didn't have a physical copy to dump but it's good to know that it should dump properly. The fix is to pad the rom out to 1mb which 'restores' the save area on the rom and resolves the issue.
  16. These are the official hard cases from snk. I've never seen a source for just those but you can find them when buying some non US games on eBay and such...usually at a premium, especially for the few English games that I think had them at one point.
  17. Yep. Those cases are great. I have them for most of my carts but obviously not all.
  18. I haven't downloaded it to be sure but I imagine it's sized for a NGP clamshell case.
  19. I guess that's one way of looking at it. Based on how the NGP handles saves this is really the only good way to do it, I think. I suggested to SainT that it would be a good feature enhancement to one day let the OS scan the saves folder at flash to see if a game is being flashed that has a corresponding save and prompt the user to either load the clean rom or the saved version, though I imagine that could slightly slow down the flashing process. I also suggested to support multiple saves by tracking on a number to the end of the saved rom's filename or something similar. I'm sure the feature set will only get better from here on out [emoji4] In the end, it's not bad as it is, so long as you understand how it works and flash/save/delete accordingly. I guess it's kinda risky if someone else picks up your NGP and jacks with it, though.
  20. I beleive it saves based on filename and is one per rom currently. The save function just saves the whole rom to the saves folder so if you delete it from flash, you'd have to flash the one in the saves folder next time to pick up where you left off. You only need to save to the saves folder when you plan to delete from flash as the flashed rom will retain your save like an original cart. And a second save of the same rom will overwrite the previously saved rom.
  21. Also, not to get anyone even MORE excited, but..... You guys are gonna LOVE this cart
  22. For sure but definitely no rush on it. It'll be good for those (all too) rare instances where someone wants to play vs. I can wait until you're caught up on all the preorders
  23. Well damn. I guess I don't remember what email address I used lol.
  24. Arguably so was the NGPC, but I'm certainly happy you chose to work on an SD based cart. I'd love to see an SD based VB cart some day, but I realize it's probably way down the list on potential projects. The USB one is more convenient, but having the linker is nice for those of us who want to back up from our original carts. It also lets you copy saves back to your original cart which I've had pretty good experience with. I have one of both and while the newer model is easier day-to-day, I'm glad to have the original linker as an option still. Or maybe I'm just nostalgic for all the old school flash carts from back in the day I still have a Bung flash cart for NGP that uses a parallel linker which I can't even use anymore. Fortunately, Flavor's USB linker works with it
  25. I see what you mean. I believe the connectors are the same between both NGPC models but I'll send one your way just so we can be sure. I just requested a refund on the label I printed the other day (I was actually on my way to mail it out when I saw your request for a Slim, so good timing! ) I'll make sure the refund goes through and repackage everything and we should be good. I really dig the shell design so far - nice work. Since the front and back are completely flat, you might be able to get a decent clear shell made if you have a glass bed. Though realistically, it'll be the inside of the shell that causes the clouding at that point. Also, the clear filament I have actually comes out weaker than any other PLA I've used which would likely cause other issues. Not sure if that's common for that type of PLA or just what I have on hand. Doubtful that a 3D printed one could ever be completely clear, but it might still look good, especially in a clear NGPC I guess someone could try laser cutting a shell, but I know nothing about that.
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