New Game Boy & Game Boy Color Everdrive Flash Cartridges Approaching With Save State Functionality

Over the last decade a plethora of classic consoles and computers have been gifted aftermarket solutions to playing games without the need of original game cartridges or discs. From flash cards to compact disc emulators, there are so few systems out there still in need of a future-proof solution. This has left the talented developers behind these devices to focus their efforts on more advanced offerings, with the Game Boy seeming to be next in line for an overhaul.

Krikzz of Everdrive fame recently posted on his official website's messageboard to announce that the Everdrive GB was about to be replaced by the Everdrive GB X series. Ditching flash based memory, the Everdrive GB X is moving towards PSRAM technology which promises lower power consumption and a whole host of new features. The most notable of these is the arrival of save state functionality - a feature usually seen exclusively in emulation that allows progress in games to be frozen, saved to cartridge, and then recalled at a later date.

With an expected launch sometime during summer, Krikzz also announced that there will be three different versions of the Everdrive GB X cartridge made available - the X3, X5 and X7 (a naming convention also seen on his Mega Everdrive range). The X3 is due to be the budget release with limited features, whilst the X7 will come packed with advanced offerings, at a price.

Everdrive GB X Series Specifications

EverDrive-GB X7

  • Max ROM size: 8MByte
  • Max SAVE RAM size: 128KByte
  • Save States function and In-Game menu function.
  • Isolated RTC function. "Isolated" means that multiple games can use RTC without interference. Each game will have own copy of time.
  • Instant loading.
  • Low power consumption (approx 4x times less than original EverDrive-GB)
  • GameGenie cheat codes
  • Cart allow to return in menu without power off/on cycle.
  • Supported mappers: MBC1, MBC2, MBC3, MBC5
  • SDHC/SDXC support
  • Compatible with all systems which supports GB and GBC cartridges, including Super Game Boy
  • New OS. Now it more handy and fast. Supports up to 1000 files per folder.

EverDrive-GB X5

  • Same as X7 minus save states, in-game menu and RTC

EverDrive-GB X3

  • Same as X5 but reboot in menu to save game progress stored in SRAM (Like Mega-X3 or ED64-V2.5)

Link: Krikzz Announces Everdrive GB X Flash Cartridge Range


Last Updated ( 09 June 2017 )  

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(Link to this comment) robertybob 2017-06-12 13:16
There's also the El-Cheapo V2 coming with many of these features.
(Link to this comment) SurfKahuna 2017-07-01 19:48
Heck yeah! Let's do this. Already have the older version, but it's always nice to get an upgraded unit.
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