HyperFlash32 eInk Flash Cart
Note: These are Batch 3 preorders. Shipments start in September and will run through December. Only BW eInk is available.
HyperFlash32 eInk Flash Cartridge for Nintendo Virtual Boy.
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 SD 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 SD 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 nvSRAM
- SD Card slot
- e-Ink Digital label that is user customizable
- Customizable icons for programming bar
- Capacitive touch buttons on the back for on-screen control
- USB dev port
- User firmware updates are possible
Recommended SD card is SanDisk Ultra. There are known issues with Samsung EVO, Transcend, and some PNY SD cards.
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 user manual at PlanetVB.com. I'll eventually add it to this site but PlanetVB is a center for all things VB related. :-)