We have our first production run of WS Flash Masta v5.1 carts ready. Our first limited run of carts was only released for US customers. That has gone well, so we are now offering these for worldwide shipment. At the moment, we only have 30 carts available, but we will be making more.
Also, to celebrate, we are offering a coupon code to get our Wonderswan Headphone Adapter for half price when you also purchase a WS Flash Masta. Put both in your cart and then apply the following coupon.
If you’d like to be an early adopter AND you’re in the USA, please use this button to get yours before the official release. The 10 units have been sold. We will be working to validate these units and then move on to full production (assuming things go as expected).
We are limiting this first batch to USA purchases, just in case we need to recall them. We definitely do not expect to have any problems, but we just want to limit the impact in case we do need to fix something. So far, we have a handful of these in testing, and we haven’t heard much negative, yet.
If you are interested in compatibility, so far we haven’t found anything that worked on the previous v4.4 cartridge that fails on this new v5.1. You can read a bit more about that on our WS Flash Masta v5.1 forum thread. https://forum.freeplaytech.com/showthread.php?tid=5139
For users, this new v5.1 should work the same as the v4.4. It doesn’t add any new playability features. Here are the new benefits:
Cartridge Shell – The cartridge circuitry now fits inside of a modified WS cartridge shell.
Battery – The cartridge no longer relies on a battery to store savegame data, so you won’t ever need to replace a dying/leaking battery.
Manufacturable – The previous versions of the cartridge were troublesome to source parts for and difficult to assemble. This v5.1 version should be much easier to keep in stock, so we don’t have to trickle out tiny batches of carts sporadically and annoy people that miss the opportunity to buy.
We have just released a new headphone adapter for the WonderSwan. We are calling it the WonderBeat 9480. There’s not a whole lot to discuss about this. If you’ve been looking for a headphone adapter for your WS, look no further. Check it out!
Our presale of the WS Flash Masta cartridge for the WonderSwan has started. We have stock to assemble and ship 50 cartridge boards. That’s what we are listing today. Once they are sold, we will assemble and ship them out. I would expect to have them all shipped out by mid December.
On Friday, we plan to post 50 PRESALE WonderSwan Flash Masta carts for sale. Unfortunately, I can’t automate this on the website, so it will just be posted whenever I wake up and can get online on Friday morning after a big Thankgiving Thursday. That could be around 9AM Central Time. We now have all the parts to assemble these, so once the 50 are sold, we will get to work assembling them and shipping them out.
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.
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.
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.