Play any ROM game using a host cartridge
A standard MSX has at least one cartridge slot available, which is ideal to plug a game ROM cartridge in, and start playing moments after the machine is switched on – no loading required. With the RBSC MultiMapper cartridge, any desired ROM can be mounted in such fashion. This device makes booting up games easy and fast! A specimen of it is now added to the MSXdev23 Winners-Loot-Box, by courtesy of MSX Calamar.
Sized as a Konami-style game cartridge, the MultiMapper can host ROM files ready to engage on a real MSX machine. By “flashing”, a .ROM file to the cart, the file is persistently available at boot-time in a jiffy. Flashing such a ROM file to the device is easily done via available DOS tools. The MultiMapper, like its name suggests, supports multiple mapper types like Konami4 and Konami5 (SCC), ASCII8, and ASCII16. Besides that, the MultiMapper also has a mode where data is presented as a raw 64kb block.
The MultiMapper device schematic was designed in 2017 by the Russian Bear Service Crew (RBSC), for any-one to build their own version. A great hardware project initiative, which includes a simple approach using only a few components and can be produced at low cost. The included firmware is upgradable if needed. Germán Díaz of MSX Calamar took that design, crafted a complete 512KB version with permission of RBSC, and gifted it to MSXdev for the Winners-Loot-Box.
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