Hardware Oldies Others [N64] PicoCart64 - A N64 Flashcart built from a PicoPi

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I get the feeling this will be severely underpowered and nearly barebones, compared to actual FPGA carts (64Drive, Everdrive64, SummerCart64).
 
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I get the feeling this will be severely underpowered and nearly barebones, compared to actual FPGA carts (64Drive, Everdrive64, SummerCart64).
You maybe right, it could be underpowered compared to the premium products offered but this is (from what I can tell) an open alternative. a PicoPi is what 4$ plus change?
Who knows what the future brings :)
 
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You maybe right, it could be underpowered compared to the premium products offered but this is (from what I can tell) an open alternative. a PicoPi is what 4$ plus change?
Who knows what the future brings :)

If the PicoCart64 becomes an actual marketable product, it won't cost just " $4 " to manufacture, let alone sell. Yes, someone can chop their existing N64 cart apart and solder a bunch of wires to it and have the Raspberry Pico flailing all about, but not many people are savvy enough, nor are most willing to do that.

And no, PicoCart64 is not the first opensource alternative, nor is it technically "opensource" since nothing has been uploaded to the repository yet.

Don't get me wrong, it is an interesting alternative, however I see many things going wrong later in its lifespan.
 
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If the PicoCart64 becomes an actual marketable product, it won't cost just " $4 " to manufacture, let alone sell. Yes, someone can chop their existing N64 cart apart and solder a bunch of wires to it and have the Raspberry Pico flailing all about, but not many people are savvy enough, nor are most willing to do that.

And no, PicoCart64 is not the first opensource alternative, nor is it technically "opensource" since nothing has been uploaded to the repository yet.

Don't get me wrong, it is an interesting alternative, however I see many things going wrong later in its lifespan.
while nothing has been uploaded yet the repo still exist, this is all very fresh and honestly there is nothing wrong with speculation that's part of the fun of it.
for all we know a custom pcb file that is open source could come about to just solder the pico and any other necessary components to it these already exist for some repro carts people make. we don't know yet what it holds for the future... thing about open source stuff is if enough people can get behind it this could take off and be a nice alternative for everything else.
 
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The Pico is doing big things in the retro scene. The GameCube is getting an open source modchip too. Nice!
I saw that to, that's something I think I'll take on first, I have a couple GC's but the laser is starting to weaken, so a cheap Pico boot modchip fits the bill nicely :)
As for the this Pico N64 flashcart, I think it will be a while yet before we see games booting on it (I think the guy only got a HB app running Yesterday?) :P
But I'm definitely going to get the PicoCart64 hooked up to my N64 once its ready, Everdrive's just too much money for me.
 
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If the PicoCart64 becomes an actual marketable product, it won't cost just " $4 " to manufacture, let alone sell. Yes, someone can chop their existing N64 cart apart and solder a bunch of wires to it and have the Raspberry Pico flailing all about, but not many people are savvy enough, nor are most willing to do that.

And no, PicoCart64 is not the first opensource alternative, nor is it technically "opensource" since nothing has been uploaded to the repository yet.

Don't get me wrong, it is an interesting alternative, however I see many things going wrong later in its lifespan
They seem to think the price to build will be super cheap :P
I don't know about any other opensource alternative but if there are great! the more options the better :D

 

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Saw the similar thing for the Amiga a while back (it basically "emulated" the CPU and could do all manner of fun things as a result).
Am liking that chips programmable by mere mortals (FPGA and CPLD stuff I can do but it is not fun) even if somewhat overkill in some ways are being able to be twisted to purposes like this.
 
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