HyperFlash32 eInk Flash Cart
HyperFlash32 eInk Flash Cartridge for Nintendo Virtual Boy.
12/20/2023 Update: Batch 6 are nearly done shipping. Batch 7 preorders are live now. Batch 7 will start shipping in May.
HyperFlash32 is a single ROM Virtual Boy flash cart with 32 Mbit of built in flash memory along with an 8k x 8 nvSRAM that doesn’t require a backup battery. It can be reflashed from ROMs available on the microSD card without a computer connected. As such, it crosses the boundary somewhat between a single ROM cart and a multi-ROM cart. Although only one game is loaded at a time, it takes anywhere from 15 seconds to 90 seconds to load a new one. The digital labels and loading bar icons are user customizable. SRAM contents with save data are saved off to the microSD card and reloaded as ROMs are swapped out. You can even access your SRAM files to transfer to another HF32, or even to original VB game cartridges. HF32 has built-in capacitive touch buttons on the back to provide a fully self-contained user interface that doesn’t require a computer or GUI. It even has a haptic module to improve feedback on the rear capactivie touch buttons.
- 32 Mbit Flash memory
- 8k x 8 or 32k x 8 nvSRAM (depending on part availability)
- Auto backup of SRAM save files (only games that support save)
- microSD Card slot for holding game files, labels, icons, and save status
- e-Ink digital label that is user customizable per game
- Per game user customizable icons for programming bar
- Capacitive touch buttons on the back for on-screen control
- USB dev port with command line interface
- Haptics triggered by cap. touch input
- User firmware updates are possible using HyperFlasher GUI
- Aluminum cover color options
- Frame color options
- eInk display color options
You can also watch one of the first reviews of HyperFlash32 posted by RetroRGB.
Note: Recommended microSD card is SanDisk Ultra. There are known issues with Samsung EVO, Transcend, and some PNY microSD cards. Requires FAT32 formatting.
I've added a blemish unit purchase option. Blemish units can have scuffs or marks on the covers. These units are discounted. If you have any questions please contact me before purchasing. Each blemish unit may have a different kind of blemish, or a combination of them.
Thunderstruck produces a GUI for HF32 called HyperFlasher. This is a great resource for setting up your SD card, managing labels/icons, and upgrading HF32 firmware. Note: Please make sure to use the correct HyperFlasher for your cart! There is a prototype, production, and BWR version. You can cause your HF32 to stop functioning properly.
HF32 Labels and Icons
On PlanetVB.com artists maintain their own updates of HF32 labels and icons. You can always find the latest art here.
PlanetVB.com HyperFlash32 Info
PlanetVB.com hosts quite a bit of information on HF32.
FTDI Drivers needed for HF32 on PC
HF32 uses an FTDI chip internally for USB. You'll need FTDI VCP drivers on your machine for proper communication.
DriveSort for organizing HF32 SD cards
This will allow you to organize files on your SD card.
HyperFlash32 online users manual
Here is the online user manual for HF32.
Here's a zip with info and templates to help with correct placement of eInk art for HF32 labels.
FAT32 Formatting Utility
Here's a Windows program that will properly format your SD card to FAT32 for HF32.
Recommended microSD Card
SanDisk Ultra is the recommended microSD card. Formatted to FAT32.