1. FAST6191

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    1) The M3 was a solid little flash cart family on the GBA. If not having it made in China is a thing then OK.
    2) Compatibility is the same for most things that are not supercard or a clone thereof. http://gbatemp.net/threads/buying-a-gba-flash-cart-in-2013.341203/page-18#post-4756995
    Unless they are going to do something like make those Shrek videos work, stick a tilt sensor, stick a light sensitive device to play boktai, or spend all the time and effort to get that GBA personal organizer there really is nothing in it.
    3) That would be a perk over the M3 at least. Drag and drop is pretty common right now though, and I am not sure it counts as an absolute huge win as most of the save functionality was easily replicated by other means.
    4) A nice feature and way I would design a modern cart but more or less kicks the battery issue to the clock. It is not like saves before could not be fired around between flash carts, emulators, real carts and beyond.
    5) I will have to find numbers here, and don't have any for the M3, but some of the older stuff was in the official cart or sub official cart range.
    6) The GBA slot M3 was one with RTC. The EZ4 line was the one that dropped it, also there are patches that get most of the way there. Not having to solder when the battery might die in a few years is nice too.
    7) A minor perk but a perk never the less.
    8) From the cart itself? A nice feature if GBA emulators are still your thing.
    9) The only ROM hacks I have seen that will not work (assuming they fit on the cart in the first place) are ones that will not work on hardware in general and also some emulators, this usually being when someone makes the hack using an inaccurate emulator. No flash cart is going to change this.
    10) M3 do seem to be a bit absent these days but as far as problem ROMs go then for the most part that was all over probably around the time we got the last EEPROM save type (there was one before but most met it with a Harry Potter game), which is to say ancient even when that now ancient 2013 post above was being made.
     
  2. Tomy Sakazaki

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    It would cost the same, the GB/GBC emulators use GBA hardware, the everdrive x5 is programmed to chainload the GB/GBC rom and the emulator together so you won't need to create GBA packages that contains both the roms and the emulators.
    Unfortunately for DS lite users it will still stick out because it's the same size as a standard GBA cart (but way less than the older x5 model though).

    Yes, you can use the original roms, no patching required.
     
  3. SuperDan

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    $99 are you kidding me or what ? .. $20 at best is all i would play
     
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    But does not this thing gave it's own RAM?
     
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    hmm, I'm still using my EZ-Flash IV, I'll probably upgrade from it at some point.
     
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    That's like 20 bucks plus shipping. Is it good?
     
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    Problem with this product is the price. If he was able to lower it to compete with the Ez Flash Omega, then it would be some fierce competition. Otherwise, not so much. I got the ez flash omega and have no problems with it.
     
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    Quality doesn't come cheap, and krikzz is well known for having the best flashcarts on the market.
     
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    That's true I mean he never sacrifices quality in his products. Especially for N64. Never ever buy an Everdrive64 clone. They are pure garbage.
     
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    Omega draws twice as much power as a normal game. The previous ED (not this new one) draws 20% more than an original game. The tests are out there.
     
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    I think I wait until black friday for discount, I already have the original model, well, just maybe, now barely use it.
     
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    Define "pure garbage". I have one one for over 4 years now and it works great.

    I have one too, and you probably shouldn't upgrade. No real benefits to upgrading when everything works on it, unless it dies out or something, which might be never. lol
     
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  13. FAST6191

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    GBA flash carts don't suffer half as many problems as the likes of the NES, SNES, N64, megadrive, GB/GBC, master system.... when it comes to having special chips that need to be emulated/replicated.
    The list of trouble games pretty much sits at
    http://gbatemp.net/threads/buying-a-gba-flash-cart-in-2013.341203/page-18#post-4756995
    Most of those being the devs bolted on some random sensor or a clock that most don't care too much about. There is no this game had 10x the storage capacity, more audio abilities and extra graphical options courtesy of the devs including a bunch of extra processors on the game cart and thus many of the best games (see SNES special chips and to a lesser extent some megadrive stuff) won't work.

    At the same time the GBA, or at least the DS which fed from the GBA and played it along with having flash carts run DS code, is new enough that cart designs from the time (which the EZ4 is) kind of still hold up.
    On most of the older consoles most flash carts were either ancient in actual age, based around hacking up existing carts, or based on ancient designs, limited in capability... and thus krikzz was able to walk in, make modern designs and clean up.
    The GBA however had none of the downsides, and was new enough that designs were more or less modern.

    To that end EZ4. Is it a bit rough around the edges compared to some super slick modern embedded devices? Sure.
    These days though can you play basically all the GBA library (trouble games noted in link above), indeed probably carry most of the library around with you at any one time, at the speed they would have been played on the original console? Yeah, and barring the introduction of drag and drop in more recent times you could have since the GBA was still getting new games.
     
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    Does this impact battery life? or just strains the system more quickly?
     
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    both, actually.
    the omega one cuts playtime in half
     
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    Dang!

    Definitely worth supporting Krikzz then if you can

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    and is omega using stolen Krikzz development? Or its own thing?
     
  17. slaphappygamer

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    It’ll be easier to change your battery.
     
  18. Sizednochi

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    What do you mean by straining the system? It really only draws more juice from what I understand.

    Btw have the original EZ Flash IV (micro SD version), not the Omega. I also have a IPS screen moded GBA, which consumes more power than even the AGB 101 mod. I still get over 8 hours of gameplay before the console dies, playing from NOR Flash. Without NOR, it's a bit over 7 hours.

    With original games I get 12 hours overall. So not that bad if you ask me. That's with Sony rechargeables AAs which aren't even the best ones around. Now would getting ~3 hours more of gameplay justify paying $100? Probably not if you ask me.

    I heard the Omega draws more battery than the original EZIV, though. And I guess that on a GBA SP, where you can't use newer high-duty AA rechargeables, the battery life is probably abysmal, maybe even less than 3 hours. So yeah in that case I'd recommend the Evedrive.

    EZ Flashes have nothing to do with Krikzz. They existed way before the GBA Everdrive was a thing. That's also why they are a bit outdated as far as speed and power consumption go, but if I can play all the games, I honestly don't see the need to "upgrade". If mine dies, then sure, maybe, but it's been 4 years and it works like new.
     
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    When can we play those video carts with flash carts?

    That would be interesting.
     
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  20. Pokemon_Tea_Sea_Jee

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    I am surprised that it is 2020 and GBA still does not have a decent flashcart that doesn't drink battery and is reasonably priced.

    Now I am glad that I sold my cheap but properly functioning used GBA that I bought, instead of refurbishing and modding it like I had originally envisaged.
     
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