I know that we don’t post news a whole lot, but I think that this is the news that a lot of you have been waiting for. I don’t know how many of you are waiting to hear that the WS Flash Masta cart is in stock, but I do know that there are
35 of them ready to ship (as of my posting this).
UPDATE: They have already sold out in 2 hours.
These have sold out very quickly in the past, so get one while it’s available. We do plan to make another similar-sized batch sometime in the near future, but I don’t know how soon that might be. These things end up going a LOT slower than I ever anticipate.
I am trying to list these (and post this news) at a time when our European friends can purchase them, too. Timing this is a bit tricky, since we have had people all over the world ask about them. I don’t want someone to wake up in the morning and realize that they missed it, but I’m sure that would be inevitable no matter when we post this. I’m hoping that the timing here will fit well for most people that are interested.
I feel a bit odd posting short news items, since I don’t post very often. I guess I can talk about the state of our other projects.
We continue to manufacture and sell the Neo Pocket Flash Masta cartridge. That’s something of a staple for us, now, I guess. Lately we also make those in small batches, but they are easier for us to obtain parts for and to assemble. We are low
Lately, our top projects are centered around the Freeplay Zero, Freeplay CM3, and other items associated with those handheld gaming systems. We recently made a new backlight brightness controller for them, and we’re working on another add-on board for the Freeplay CM3. Head over to freeplaytech.com if you want to check any of that stuff out.
We now have 20 Neo Pocket Flash Masta units in stock and ready to ship. In the past, we have made these in larger batches, but we are also very busy with our Freeplay Zero/CM3 project (think Raspberry Pi in a GBA-style shell) lately. There isn’t really a lot to report about the NGPC flash carts other than I usually tell people to sign up for post notification emails, so when we have something in stock they will get notified.
Our other news here is that we now have all the parts in stock to make a new batch of WS Flash Masta USB cartridges. We have the parts to make 40+ of these carts, and we will be working on them this week. Even though we have the parts to build 40+ we may build/release these in smaller batches, because they do take a fair bit of effort to assemble, burn, test, etc. I don’t know when they will be ready, but I hope it will be soon.
If you want one of these WonderSwan cartridges, please sign up for post notification emails at https://www.flashmasta.com/about/post_notification_header/. We do not keep a waiting list, so this is our main way to get the word out when there are some ready for purchase.
Christmas Batch Of WS Flash Masta Carts
We have a very limited supply of WS Flash Masta
cartridges. I really thought we wouldn’t get any of these built until the new year. Andrew saw all the interest in WS carts thanks to your commenting on our recent posts, so he took it upon himself to solder up as many as he could.
The batch we were able to make is only 11 cartridges. I know that people have been waiting for these, but I honestly don’t know how long they will last.
Update: WOW, those sold out very quickly. I expected them to go through the weekend. Thanks for all the interest. This just shows that we need to make more again, soon.
So, here is our Christmas gift to you. Of course it’s not free like a proper present, but Andrew did go out of his way to build these this week. Merry Christmas!
We did actually bake these in our oven (a soldering reflow oven) like some how Christmas goodies get made.
As always, please read the full description of the product before you make a purchase.
P.S. I know that in our previous post “Tell Your Friends, 10% Off For The Holidays” we gave out a 10% off coupon code for the Neo Pocket Flash Masta. Unfortunately, we can’t extend that offer to the WS Flash Masta Cartridges, because this is such a small batch.
Our “Cyber Week” promotion went well, and we have been getting into the holiday spirit lately, so we decided to run a holiday promotion for the rest of the year (through new years day). We currently have the Neo Pocket Flash Masta cartridges ready to ship.
This is a 10% off coupon that you can apply at checkout for ten percent off your Neo Pocket Flash Masta order.
I know that many of you have been asking about the WonderSwan carts lately. We are working on another small batch (10-15 cartridges) of WS Flash Masta carts, but they do take quite a bit more effort than the Neo Pocket Flash Masta carts take. I’m sorry to say that my guess is that we won’t have enough time to get them made before the new year, but there’s a chance.
In other news, our Freeplay Zero DIY Kits are currently in stock, and the circuit boards for our Freeplay CM3 DIY Kits are being shipped to us soon. That project is taking the vast majority of our time lately, because we have Kickstarter (and other presale) backers waiting for their rewards.
We really appreciate all of you that follow along here. We’d like to wish you a Merry Christmas and/or just a great holiday season.
We just got some new stock of the Neo Pocket Flash Masta cartridges. We had wanted to do a Cyber Monday sale, but we had to wait until we had these additional cartridges. Well that just happened!
Now we can offer the celebratory sale. I know it’s already a bit late in the week, so we will run this 10% off coupon through the weekend. You can apply it at checkout for ten percent off your order.
Thank you all for following our project, and have a great holiday season. We really do appreciate you!
We have just made a small batch of Neo Pocket Flash Masta cartridges. We will try to be keeping these in stock through the rest of the year, but (of course) that will depend on demand.
At the moment, we have 13 cartridges that we have assembled by hand. We have most of the parts to make another small batch or two, and we are also working on getting another larger batch manufactured/assembled for us.
I hope we can keep these in stock for a while.
The cartridge shells may be a different story. As you may know, we cut these from sacrificial game cartridges. They are getting more difficult/expensive to obtain. At least we have the 3D Printable Neo Pocket Flash Masta shell available out there, now.
We now have the Neo Pocket Flash Masta in stock again. We have a batch of these that we are soldering in-house and then we will be outsourcing the production again after that. At the moment, we have 20 units built, but we should be building more in the coming days/weeks. That’s all the news for now.
We have been getting emails from plenty of people lately that are wondering when we will have Neo Pocket Flash Masta carts back in stock. Well, we don’t have a full batch in stock, but we did spend some time testing & refurbishing some cartridges that didn’t pass our prior inspections. There is a very limited supply of these refurbished Neo Pocket Flash Masta cartridges, but I wanted to post about it so everyone that may be waiting for a cartridge would get notified.
UPDATE: These have sold quite quickly. Please sign up for email updates if you want to get notified when we post about the next batch.
Otherwise, we have been rather swamped with our Freeplay Zero and Freeplay CM3 production. That is going rather well, but it’s time consuming. If you want to keep up with that, please sign up for our Freeplaytech email Newsletter.
Refurbished Neo Pocket Flash Masta USB 32Mbit
If you didn’t notice, we have launched a new product line called Freeplaytech. Under that, we are using Kickstarter to produce two products: Freeplay Zero
and Freeplay CM3
Head Over To The Kickstarter Campaign
The Freeplay Zero (which was previously called Game Pie Advance) is a DIY kit that we are producing to allow you to pair with your own Raspberry Pi Zero (or Zero W) and make a customized handheld gaming console.
The Freeplay CM3 is a DIY kit that comes with the processing power of the Raspberry Pi 3 built in allowing you to build a customized handheld gaming console.
NGPC Neo Pocket Flash Masta 3D Printable Cartridge Shell
NGPC Neo Pocket Flash Masta 3D Printable Cartridge Shell
We have also had some work done on a NGPC cartridge shell that you can 3D print. I don’t know if this is the final design or not. I had a purple version printed, and it needed a couple minor tweaks to the lid. Since implementing those tweaks, I have not yet reprinted the lid. I thought some of you guys might want to try it out.
If you do try it, let us know in the comments. If you remix this, please comment here and post your remix.
For example, one thing you may want to edit is the “lip” of the lid where you grab on to pull the cartridge out. That makes printing a bit more difficult, because you need to support the print. You may want to flatten that out and just add a slit for your fingernails to grab onto. A flat lid would be easier to print directly on the print table.
NGPC Neo Geo Pocket Flash Masta 3D Printable Cartridge Shell via Thingiverse
The Flash Masta Desktop application is now open source. This is the desktop application that is used to interface with the Neo Pocket Flash Masta and WS Flash Masta cartridges via USB.
I just feel like I don’t have the time to properly maintain this code any longer, so it should finally be released to the community. It should easily compile under Windows, macOS, and Linux. This is the source code to the application found on our downloads page, and it has been released under the GNU General Public License v3.0.
To celebrate this momentous occasion, we are offering 10% off of Neo Pocket Flash Masta cartridge orders for the next 10 days. Just use coupon code
open-source-10 (expired) to get your cheap flash cartridge. As always, we would love it if you would share this news on Twitter, FB, forums, etc. Let us know if you do. The coupon should be good through the end of March.
You can find the source code here, on GitHub.