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    Home/News NEO Myth MD 3in1 flash cart + 512M (Genesis/32X/Master System Flash Cart) Review



    A Little about the reviewer

    Ive been an emulation and homebrew fan for as many years as i can remember but nothing i repeat nothing is better than playing on the real hardware.

    Back in the Megadrive(genesis) and Snes days i owned a Super Wild Card and a Super Double Pro fighter, both cost about 300 pounds and ill admit that it was a great way to play games that i would never have been able to afford or because of stupid region lockouts.

    So the day when Neoflash announced they were working on a Flash Cart for the Megadrive called NEO Myth MD 3in1 flash cart i wanted one so badly, infact on the day they announced it i went out and brought a Megadrive.

    So anyway to my reason for posting, sadly i dont own a 32X, i did a look on ebay and boy are they fetching a decent price (100 Pounds) so i can only really test Genesis and Master System Games.

    The good news is that you dont need a Master System to play the games via this flash Cart. Now i am no tech head just really a normal user much like most folks so this is a review in that atittude.

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    The Packaging



    The Unboxing



    The Flash cart in its 2 parts



    The USB Lead



    Neo 2 cart & 512mb Card



    The Cart in my Megadrive



    Getting Started

    One thing that didnt come with my review sample was a driver CD, thankfully Dr Neo of Neoflash has been releasing and updating his recently released GBA + MD 3in1 Myth cart PC programmer V2.82 (Local Download Here).

    Now sadly i didnt have any info on what to do, which is something i expect Neoflash to sort out on retail of this flashcart..

    So heres what i did

    First off connect the USB Lead to your PC/laptop

    Making sure the ram cart (or indeed the Neo2 is in the Super MD Flash Cart)

    Connect USB Lead to Flash Cart

    Then it will come up asking you for drivers

    At this point unzip the (GBA + MD 3in1 Myth cart PC programmer V2.82).

    Click on the exe file and it will unpack itself and also will find the drivers.

    If that was successful you should now be able to add roms etc.

    Adding Roms etc

    A strange bug if you will is that the Cart asked for the drivers again, i just let them find the drivers automatically and everything was ok, a tad infuriating but for anyone with modest experiance of using Windows its no real hardship.

    Click on the shortcut for Neo2 Ultra Menu (software you just installed)

    all being well heres the screen you should see



    Now im no great techie but this is where things are very easy. its just a case of dragging and dropping your Master System/Genesis/32x roms onto the window where it shows you the rom info, its as easy as that.

    I hate messing around so thats a big thumbs up from wraggy - Remember that to play 32X roms you need a 32x although you can play both Genesis and Master System Roms on the Genesis.

    After you have dropped all the roms you need onto the window you click MD Burn and it takes a matter of a minute or maybe more depending on the amount of roms your putting on the cart.

    Theres a load of other options in there including options for N64 etc so obviously this software is going to be used for the upcoming N64/Snes Flash Carts.

    Another great thing to note is that if you have the Neo 2 Nintendo DS Flash Cart that also can be used in the Super MD Flash Cart. I havent tried it yet but you can use the ram cart in a GBA too.

    Now for Gaming

    Plug the Cart in and turn on your system, you will see a screen like this (sorry for crap photo my new tv dislikes rf output)



    Now press up/down to scroll through roms.

    Press b/c to load your desired rom



    Enjoy your gaming

    Game Testing

    Games ive tested so far

    Alladdin - Megadrive - Working Fine - (better than Snes version)
    Bubsy - Megadrive - Working Great - What could possibly go wrong :P
    Cannon Fodder - Megadrive - Working fine
    Desert Strike - Megadrive - Working Great
    Duke Nukem 3D - Megadrive - Working fine
    Earthworm Jim - Megadrive - No Worky
    Ecco the Dolphin - Megadrive - Works Great - although i hate the game
    International Superstar Soccer - Megadrive - working great - what a bloody game
    Megalomania - Megadrive - Working Great
    Pro Wrestling - Master System - Working Fine
    Road Rash 3 - Megadrive - Working Great
    Sonic 3D - Megadrive - Working fine
    Sonic and Knuckles - Megadrive - None Working
    Spot Goes to Hollywood - Megadrive - No Worky
    Super Skidmarks - Megadrive - Working fine - Bloody hard to control though :P
    Super Streetfighter X - Megadrive - None Working
    Theme Park - Megadrive - Working Great
    Urban Strike - Megadrive - Works Great
    Virtua Racing - Megadrive - No Working - Must be because of the SVP chip if memory serves me right.
    Virtua Fighter 2 - Megadrive - Awesome working
    WWf Wrestlemania Arcade - Megadrive - No Worky

    Thanks to Djoen for testing 32X Roms and heres what he says

    till now 1 none working (Darxide 32X (M4)(EU)) and 1 that locks up (Star Wars 32X (EU))

    ill update the list through the day and start writing my review whilst i enjoy the good old days.

    Conclusion

    Today was one of them times when i was took back to the reasons i truly love the homebrew/Emulation scene. The Flash Cart seems easy to use, only gripe is the annoyance of having to find the drivers every time you plug it in, but it does in a matter of seconds so not really a biggie.

    The adding of roms to the cart is as easy as they come so a big plus factor there. The amount of roms you can add makes this a great cart too, the supporting of 3 systems and infact 4 if you take in the fact you can use it in a GBA is great.

    On the whole bar the fact i cant test 32x due to not owning one (but 32x roms do work), the roms it plays is great, there are a few however with built in detection that obviously need some working on via Neoflashs part, the only rom i cant see working is for example Virtua Racing because of the extra chip inside the original game.

    The price for the Flash Cart is $150 so it maybe wont be accessible to a lot of the newcomers but to retro collectors/major emulation fans it will be very worth it.

    My advice is to those who are tempted is go for it, the flash cart does what you really want it to and thats play Sega Master System, Megadrive and 32X, a big thumbs up for Neoflash on this retro cart, i cant wait to see what they do with the N64, Nes and Snes Carts. Once the software is updated to work on the roms that wouldnt play this time and maybe a few new additions then you have a major winner.

    Links of Interest regarding the NEO Myth MD 3in1 flash cart + 512M (Genesis/32X/Master System Flash Cart)

    Ic2005.com - Official Sellers of the NEO Myth MD 3in1 flash cart and Neoflash Products.
    Neoflash Topic where testers are working on improving software and compatability.
    Sega NG - Great site for info about the 32x, Master System and Megadrive.
    Genesis Homebrew Roms
    SMS Power - Great Sega Master System Homebrew Resource
    Sega Saturn News- 32X Homebrew Roms
    Neoflash Forum for all disccussion regarding the flash cart.

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    Thanks for the review wraggy!

    Seems a great piece of hardware

    I'm personally waiting for the NES/SNES/N64 ones... I can't wait until they are out!

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    That looks pretty sweet. I wouldn't mind having one of them, at least. :P

    If it plays all regions, then I'd try testing out some rom hacks just to see how they run on real hardware.

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    $150 is a Loooottta money for just a flash cart, i like playing my old consoles but this is for the serious enthusiasts.

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    review finished for now at least

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    for that games that not working,if you try different versions,you have a big chance to make them work

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    It is very nice flash player.I really want to use it.










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    If you're looking for a flash cart for Megadrive games I wouldn't really recommend this at that price anyway because of the compatibility issues. Maybe just stick with the Tototek carts for now.

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    You are right, Virtua Racing won't work since it needs the Sega Virtua Processor.

    I have versions of these games that work:

    Earthworm Jim
    Spot Goes to Hollywood
    Sonic and Knuckles

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    yeah they were just quick tests but overall very impressed with the device, and i much prefer it to the tototek devices

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