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General Discussion / Re: Things I'm currently working on
« Last post by Sylver on 08/Apr/2017 08:53:47 PM »
Nice plans ! Thanks for your work !
Dear Retrode community,

in this post, I'd like to tell you about my recent activities and my plans regarding the Retrode firmware.

justin89's patch

You may have heard about the patch that justin89 submitted long time ago. I want to finally try and merge it into the firmware, step by step. To simplify that, I've split the patch up by the features it contains:
  • A way to force HiRom or LoRom addressing for SNES games.
  • A way to read/write the saves of the SNES games Brain Lord and Robotrek.
  • Support for reading/writing SRAM and Flash saves of GBA games. (Also FRAM saves, but with issues.)
  • Support for reading/writing SRAM saves of N64 games. (Also reading FRAM saves, but the results don't seem correct.)

The small features 1 and 2 will be included (in a modified form) in the next release I'll publish. Superseded by skaman's work. See also "Plans" below.

Config file optimization

At the moment, I'm optimizing the config file. This is motivated by justin89's patch (which includes new config options) and other things.

To save buffer space, I've removed most of the help comments from the config file. As a replacement, I want to add a separate help file with more detailled descriptions (compressed, read-only). However, the current draft is still rather large even in compressed form. Apart from that, I've reduced the size of the parsing and printing code significantly.

Still issues saving to Phantasy Star IV and Shining Force from Kega Fusion

After the release of v0.21-beta, gliitch had reported that saving in above Mega Drive games still doesn't fully work for him (using Kega Fusion). The issues are the same as with v0.20-beta. Despite gliitch's assistance, I haven't been able to find the cause of the problems yet. See also below.


These are the things I'll try and do in the near future when possible (see reply #7 below), approximately in that order:
  • Finish the config file optimization (hopefully this weekend).
  • Add diagnostic features to help analyze the Kega saving issues (maybe this weekend or the next).
  • Make a new release before the end of April.
  • Take a closer look at features 3 and 4 of justin89's patch and maybe merge them (hopefully in May). Make a new release afterwards.
  • Continue work on the NES plug-in (possibly starting in May):
    • Design improved PCB.
    • Attempt to integrate support into the standard firmware.
    • Maybe improve SRAM battery detection.
General Discussion / Re: Desperate for a retrode
« Last post by Ice Man on 13/Mar/2017 01:54:06 PM »
I have one I can sell you. I bought it from Dragonbox, too. Rarely used. PM for more infos.

Sorry, I just checked. I thought I still had one. :(
Support / Re: Planning to purchase a GBx plugin in the good is it?
« Last post by Nori on 12/Mar/2017 04:40:57 PM »
The saves will be .srm, but you can copy them off the carts and rename them to .sav and I've tried once and doing the opposite and it works. In other words you can move them back by changing the .sav to .srm. All games I have backuped from the original carts and transferred back after changing batteries worked. I haven't encountered a game yet for gbc where saves didn't transfer properly, although in the past I had read that some Pokemon games (maybe it was Silver and Gold) may have had some issues with save transfering? Or was that a fixed problem now...
Support / Re: Retro Freak Gear Converter Compatibility
« Last post by blue22 on 12/Mar/2017 04:49:22 AM »
Got the Retron5 3-in-1 adapter ( ) and used it with the retrode and it sometimes blinks red when i insert or remove a game gear cart, so the retrode does so of senses it (i was using an older firmware). but unfortunately it only produces a "generic-rom-in-slot" that doesn't run. Is there anyway to update the retrode firmware to be compatible with this device?
It looks like you can for all of this!
Check out this thread for more details:
Hi guys,

I'm putting some serious thought into purchasing a GBx plugin to go with my Retrode2 someday (the Retrode2 has the latest firmware if anyone is curious), but before I do, I want to ask a few questions please.

Lately I bought another copy of Pokemon Silver (to replace a copy of the game I lost around 15 years ago) and a copy of Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3, and my first question is, does the GBx plugin allow new saves of either game as well as my other GB/GBC games with save data (Kirby's Dream Land 2, The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening, The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX, The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages, The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons, Pokemon Blue, Pokemon Yellow, Pokemon Gold, Pokemon Crystal, and Super Mario Bros. Deluxe) to be copied onto the cartridges as long as the save file matches the game name on the Retrode2 with the plugin in use, even if there is already a save file on the cartridge?

My second question is, are the GB/GBC cartridge saves shown with the .srm or .sav extension when the Retrode2 and GBx plugin successfully reads a cartridge?

And my third question is, can the GBx plugin allow new saves to be put on any of the games below?  They're games I plan to purchase at some point.

-the Donkey Kong Land trilogy
-Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins
-Pokemon Red (I'm presuming that if a Pokemon Blue cartridge can accept a new save put on the Retrode2, so can a Pokemon Red cartridge)

Thanks in advance.

General Discussion / Re: Desperate for a retrode
« Last post by Aleron Ives on 22/Feb/2017 08:18:41 PM »
DragonBox is out of stock. ;)
General Discussion / Re: Retron 5 Adapter in Retrode?
« Last post by hammer on 21/Feb/2017 03:10:02 AM »
Even if it's not wired the same way, couldn't the firmware be updated to recognize the new wiring?
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