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One of the accessories for Gameboy Advance that everyone
has been chatting about is Visoly's Flash Advance Linkers.
I decided to order one of these and take it for a test drive.
What it is:
The Flash Advance Linker enables you to transfer files from
your computer to a flash card and then use the files with
your Gameboy Advance. These files could be anything from roms
to emulators to game saves. The linker plugs into your computer
via the printer port. Once the linker is plugged in to your
computer it then routes the data and saves it to your Flash
Card. Once it is done all you have to do is pop it in your
Gameboy Advance and use it. The time of the whole process
depends on how much stuff you are sending over to the card.
If you are sending all 256 Megabits over it usually takes
around 5-6 minutes. The software to transfer your stuff to
the flash card is also required but I will get into that later.
A new and improved version of the linker is out which now
connects to your computer with USB. This versions only difference
is the amount of speed it takes in order to transfer files
to the flash card.
What it comes with:
I must point out that the package didn't come with much.
It came with the linker, a small set of instructions, a linker
cable, and of course the actual flash card which was in a
very spiffy metal case. The linker requires power sources
that can either be 6 AAA batteries or a 9V power supply that
was not included. When I first used the linker I didn't have
any AA batteries laying around so I had to unplug my phone
to use the power adapter from it. The package also lacks the
software needed to transfer your files to the flash card and
forces you to download it from their official site or other
places like GBA Emu.
The features of the flash advance linker are very simple
but yet kind of complicated at the same time.. You can play
Gameboy Advance roms from your computer on your Gameboy Advance.
If you want to play regular Gameboy / Gameboy Color games
with the flash card you have to dis out an aditional 40 dollars
for a special adapter. The roms play exactly like normal retail
games, no difference at all. One of the great features of
the 256-mbit card is that it allows multiple games on the
same cartridge. How many games you can fit on one cartridge
depends on the size of the game. Normally GBA commercial games
range from 32 mbits to 128 mbits. Very few games are 128 mbits
though, this means the 256-mbit flash card can hold on average
3-4 games. When you turn on your Gameboy Advance with multiple
games in the flash card it prompts you with a menu of what
game you want to play.The flash card is also rewriteable alowing
you to delete and rewrite it as many times as you want. This
kit is also the thing you want to get if you are interested
in developing games or software for GBA. There are many great
GBA tutorials on how to dev your own GBA games out there,
you may find a few at Hangar-Evelen. On top of developing
your own games and playing roms on your GBA you can also send
game saves to and from your flash card to your computer. This
means if you are stuck on a game or just want to brag to your
friends on how great of a gamer you are you have the saves
to prove it. There are also countless homebrew games made
by individuals out for GBA that you can only use with the
flash cards which will add an extra joy of excitement to this
There are multiple emulators out for Gameboy Advance. The
biggest one out at the moment is Pocket NES. This emulator
is truly amazing and mindblowing! It plays NES games at as
far as I could tell full speed. The only game with noticeable
lag was Kirby's Adventure, but even with the bit of lag it
was very playable. The emulator also has extremely nice features
such as link play and save state options. This emulator alone
is reason enough to pick up the set.
Ease Of Use:
As far as sending roms and games to your GBA, it's simple.
The software that you can download from Visoly's official
site can't make it easier. It is not all easy though. Backing
up saves is a huge pain in the ass. The instructions offer
no help on how to do it either. The program I prefer for managing
my save files is DadyCool's LittleWriter which can be found
at GBA Emu. Little Writer makes it easier for you to back
up saves. Let me try to explain this without being too complicated.
The roms and emulators mostly save in SRAM slots inside the
flash card. These slots are labeled names like "1A"
or "2b". In order to back up your save you have
to find out which slot the save is in and how big the size
of the save is. Finding out what slot the save is in is simple.
You can easily find it out by pressing a button at the menu
on you GBA where you choose your game. Finding the size is
a little more difficult. First you have to make a save file
from the rom you want to back up. This can be done with any
GBA emulator for the PC, I recommend Visualboy Advance. After
you have made a save file you need to download a program which
checks the save size. This program can be found at GBA Emu.
After you have all of this info you just enter it in the option
in Little Writer and it backs up your save. A more detailed
explanation on how to back up your save file can be found
at GBA Emu.
Ups and Downs:
- Play GBA roms on your GBA.
- Turn your GBA into a portable NES.
- Develop your own games.
- Have multiple games without carrying around all of those
- No installation required.
- No power adapter comes with it.
- No software comes with it.
- Instruction booklet doesn't go into much detail.
- Need to buy an extra adapter to play GB / GBC games with
(Out of 10) Comments
Originality 9.0 Visoly made this product for the GBA first.
Similar products exist for other cartridge based systems.
Ease Of Use 7.0 Everything is easy except for saving games,
but once you get the hang of this it's nothing.
What you get for your money. 8.0 They really should have included
a power adapter and a better instruction booklet
Fun Factor 10.0 There are loads of features for this. New
stuff is always coming out so you will never get bored with
Total (Not Average) 9.0 All in all the Visoly 256mbit Ready
to go set is worth the money. It is just full of very very
sweet features such as save game writing, rom writing and
perhaps the best feature allows you to make your GBA into
a portable NES. It is very much worth the 170 USD that it