Hardware SD to GBA adapter

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Does anyone know if its possible to have some kind of adapter that you can put GBA games on SD card and play them on the gameboy advance (first version) ??
 

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The EZ Flash IV (and the newer Reform model) as well as the Everdrive X5 are going to be your most readily available options. They will all be using microSD cards (or miniSD, if you get an older model of the EZ Flash 4).

The one you've linked might work - I haven't used that particular model but make sure if you do get that one you make sure it's not fake. Also before you get that one look into game compatibility.

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(The term you're looking for is flashcard or flashcart.)

Do not get a Supercard. It was designed first and foremost as a DS flashcart, and that came at the expense of proper compatibility with GBA games. They'll (usually) run, but they'll run poorly. (For DS games, it's also completely outclassed by modern flashcards - it won't work on anything newer than a DS Lite, and antipiracy measures will prevent many DS games from working. If you want a DS flashcard, get an R4.)

Anyway, Spruced is right; if you want a GBA flashcart, there are three options worth considering:

  • The Everdrive GBA X5. This is considered the best GBA flashcart currently available. It loads games faster, it uses less electricity than other flashcarts (so you'll get better battery life), and it has built-in real time clock support. However, it's expensive (100 USD) and larger than a regular GBA cartridge - it sticks out a bit.
  • The EZ-FLASH IV was for a long time the only GBA flashcart worth considering; all the other good ones had been discontinued. It's the same size as a regular GBA cartridge and much cheaper than the Everdrive, but it lacks RTC support. You can patch games like Pokemon so that the in-game clock will move forward while you're playing, but time will be frozen while you're playing a different game or the GBA is turned off. (The EZ-FLASH IV used to also work as a DS flashcart, but recent software updates removed that functionality because being a slot-2 flashcart made it outdated in ways that no amount of software updates could fix. Instead, the EZ-FLASH team focuses on making it the best GBA flashcart it can be.)
  • The EZ-FLASH REFORM was recently announced. It's a modified version of the EZ-FLASH IV that comes with two cases - one GBA game sized case, and one DS Lite Slot 2 sized case. If you want to play on a GBA or an original DS, put the REFORM in the GBA one-sided case. If you want to play on a DS Lite, you can put it in the Slot 2-sized case and it won't stick out like normal GBA games would. The EZ-FLASH REFORM hasn't actually been released yet; if you want a GBA flashcart right now, your (good) options are basically limited to the IV and the X5.
 
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The EZ Flash IV (and the newer Reform model) as well as the Everdrive X5 are going to be your most readily available options. They will all be using microSD cards (or miniSD, if you get an older model of the EZ Flash 4).

The one you've linked might work - I haven't used that particular model but make sure if you do get that one you make sure it's not fake. Also before you get that one look into game compatibility.

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Do you think the Reform model will still have a cheat code function since it's just an updated EZ Flash IV?
 
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ROM hacks don't inherently break things, however Mother 3 is a unique case on the GBA in being something that filled up the entire address space (other nominally 32 megabyte games still have space, as do most hacks I have seen that expand things into that area) and that can make adding extra things on tricky; read some of the notes from the translation teams on the fun of fitting in all the translated text.
To that end I don't know about Mother 3 and if I did really care would probably play it on an emulator or properly hardcode a cheat in.
 

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