Invitenes - A New Nintendo NES / Famicom Flash Cartridge In The Works

Invitenes-A-New-Nintendo-NES-Famicom-Flash-Cartridge-In-The-WorksAfter yesterday's pranks invading the retro gaming world, we finally step back into reality with a legitimate update. Up until now RetroZone's PowerPak has been the only solution to loading ROMs on the Nintendo NES, however, a new NES flash cartridge hailing from Russia, the Invitenes, is now set to compete with some impressive features.

Whilst we very much love the PowerPak and the countless hours of entertainment it has brought us over the years, the Invitenes seems to feature a more modern approach than its counterpart. This new addition to the flash card market boasts the ability to take up to 32gb SD cards, battery backed SRAM and even the ability to create your own mappers.

Its worth noting though that the cartridge has been created for the Nintendo Famicom cartridge slot, one which matches that of the Dendy consoles found in Russia. A 60 pin to 72pin adapter should easily solve this issue and get the Invitenes working on any Nintendo NES console.

Invitenes Nintendo NES / Famicom Flash Cartridge Specifications

  1. 2 megabytes of RAM for the PRG.
  2. 2 megabytes of RAM for the CHR.
  3. Cyclone II FPGA as mapper and logic. 
  4. STM32 Cortex-M3 controller as a co-processor for memory card, SRAM, and FPGA (can be used from 6502 side). 
  5. 32 kilobytes of battery-backed WSRAM (as 4 pages of 8 KBytes). 
  6. USB connector, which can be used to communicate with the computer. 
  7. Support SD/MMC memory cards up to 32GB.
  8. You can create your own mapper, and game for it! 

And much more. Yes, it's ROMless. All you need is stored on the memory card. There are special directory in which files are written which generate FPGA configuration for mapper function. Mapper number taken from the iNES header. To support the new mapper just add new file in that folder. The boot menu handled by coprocessor, so it is sorted and quite fast. Downloading a MMC3 game is about 3 seconds (2x 256K + 150K for FPGA config). The device is still in development for the programming part, but shows its performance.

As of speaking no price nor distribution method has been announced, however, any update on this cartridge becoming available you can expect to read right about right here on RetroCollect.

Source: Invitenes on nesdev


Last Updated ( 02 April 2012 )  

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(Link to this comment) sdekaar 2012-04-03 18:18
with mega everdrive, sd2snes, the future turbo everdrive and now Invitenes this year is very good for retrogamers :)
(Link to this comment) Cauterize 2012-04-05 17:53
Absolutely! All we need now is a Wonderswan Color flash card and a Neo Geo AES flash card now!
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