Game Boy Everdrive X3 Review.
I’ve been wanting to do this Game Boy Everdrive Review forever now. It’s almost a miracle I’m getting to it now. Since things are finally slowing down in my home life (new kid being born.) I can get finally get back to more consistent blog writing! So that means more retro game reviews, tech reviews and more! Be sure to hit up the email subscribers list so you never miss another post!
Let’s begin with a simple question at first that some of you might not even know.
What is an everdrive?
An Everdrive is a flash cart that mimics or “emulates” a real or original software to a particular gaming console (example Super Nintendo, Gameboy, Sega Genesis…). It can be used to play back-ups, homebrews, ROMs, and Rom Hacks. You can place most of all the ROMs onto 4-8 gigabytes (it can handle higher but what would be the point.) SDcard and have the entire library at your hands basically at any times.
The particular everdrive I will be reviewing today is the Gameboy Everdrive X3 Model. This Everdrive even supports the Gameboy Color. Since I don’t have a Gameboy Color lying around (I need to get one!.) I’ll be showing off my Modded Blue Back Light Original Gameboy.
Game Boy EverDrive Setup
The Everdrive is one of the simplest flash carts I’ve ever seen to set up. Format your SD card to FAT32 and simply place your ROMS on there. If you want organizational folders you can do that as well. Select a game and play. Fat32 only supports 1024 files per directory so that might be why you would want to make some folders.
You might need to update the Operating System for the everdrive. This will help with maybe some performance and compatibility as well you can get the latest OS updates here (X3Updates). Just drop them in the root/home directory of the SDcard.
It really doesn’t get much simpler than that. The SD card slot is also spring-loaded so you can easily remove the SDcard at any time and put it back in. It’s dummy-proof for dummies like me that want to stick SDcards in backward all the time. SD cards and USB thumb drives seem like I’m always flipping them around a billion times to get them to fit.
How to Save Your Progress
The Everdrive GB X3 does NOT automatically save your SRAM. This can be kind of confusing even in the manual it tells you that you have to press a button. Now looking directly at the GB Everdrive you might be confused. I know for one I was really confused. There was no BUTTON that I could see, I’m thinking I should be seeing a little red button or something. Something that really sticks out like a button.
So for the first time using the Everdrive X3, I was unable to save. I decided to check out the internet and do some research and found out that the CARTRIDGE is actually the button.
Ok, let me explain the top part is actually a button you PRESS. Again, this is only for the X3 VERSION of the GB Everdrive.
So don’t feel bad if you cannot figure it out I know I couldn’t at first. This is really the only complaint I really kind of have with this flash cart, and it was simply because I really didn’t know what to do. Pressing the button DOES restart the game and takes you back to the menu where you can select a new game to play. This is kind of similar to the Easy Flash IV saving. Only on the Easy Flash you must turn off the system and turn it back on to save your games.
Hopefully, this can clear up the saving process for this everdrive and maybe for some others you might be having issues with.
There is no real-time clock available in the X3 version of this Gameboy Everdrive. However, that really only affects a few games. Really the only games it can truly effect are some of the Pokemon games. I believe only certain pokemon can be caught at certain times and this will affect that. That doesn’t mean you still can’t get them, for certain games like pokemon that require an RTC, you can simply patch the ROM and it will fix most if not all your issues.
If you don’t want to deal with any of that mess, although it is usually not hard to patch. You can purchase the more costly versions of the GB Everdrive which I really think is unnecessary. But I’m all about saving money whenever I can and I don’t think its THAT important but rarely if ever want to play Pokemon games.
Game Boy Game Compatibility
This everdrive really supports just about any game you would want to play. Including some hack ROMs even, you’ll have to test them for yourself though and I can’t promise that they all will work. Most if not all the retail Gameboy and Gameboy Color games will work on this. Like I said above VERY FEW required an RTC to “100%” complete them.
You really shouldn’t have any issues with this device as I haven’t, of course, this was after FIGUREING out how to really save with this device. I’ve tried most of the USA versions of games including even different versions and they all seem to work just fine for me. I’ve not noticed anything out of the blue or weird going on. Everything really works as intended and it’s great to be able to carry around the full GB library in your pocket if you want.
List of Game Boy Everdrive X3 features from the website:
- Max ROM size: 8MByte
- Max SAVE RAM size: 128KByte
- Instant loading
- Low power consumption
- High quality 4-layers PCB
- GameGenie cheat codes
- Soft reset to menu
- Supported mappers: MBC1, MBC2, MBC3, MBC5
- SDHC/SDXC support
- Compatible with all systems which support GB and GBC cartridges, including Super Game Boy*
- OS supports up to 1000 files per folder
- PCB Rev.B (Fixed compatibility problems with Game Boy pocket)
Some games do take a little while longer to load and flash to the cart, that is because well the GameBoy really isn’t a super-fast device. So bigger games might take a little bit longer but for the most part, it all works pretty quickly and almost instantly.
I’m still waiting for a Super Game Boy for my Super Famicom so I can enjoy these on a nice TV!
Game Boy Everdrive X3 Sleek Design
It’s a see-through Gameboy cart. It fits really snug into the Gameboy as well.
The Everdrive isn’t hard to get out or anything either. I really dig the see-through look of the everdrive as well, letting you see all the circuits and electronics going on. You can see a RED LED light up whenever it is flash the cart so you know not to try to jerk the cart out and brick it. This is a terrific design and really mimic a real and authentic Gameboy Cartridge with a little extra flair of being transparent.
Game Boy Everdrive X3 Conclusion
The Game Boy Everdrive X3 is a solid flash cart. I don’t regret purchasing it at all, it is very handy everdrive and for the price point, it is really worth it. I really wish stuff like this was available whenever I was younger and able to CARRY AROUND the whole Gameboy library on one single cart. The only real concern is not having an RTC and like I’ve said It literally doesn’t bother me at all. It’s easy to access, it is easy to add ROMs, and it is easy to update. What more could you really ask for? If you are looking to bring back that dusty ole DMG-101 out of the closet and see if it still works. Then you should totally get the Everdrive X3 I highly recommend it for anyone wanting to relive some of there Gameboy childhood.
Where to Purchase
There are several places where you can get the GB Everdrive X3. Please stay away from websites like Aliexpress for flashcarts like this as they are fake and don’t work nearly as impressive as this.
The first place I would check is directly from StoneAgeGamer this is where I purchased mine at and it is a great website for flash carts. – (Link to X3 StoneAgeGamer)
2nd you can always go to Amazon but If I’m being honest it is just the StoneAgeGamers is the place to order it. – (https://amzn.to/2AcSOt9)
Also, this is 100% totally legal to own. ROM distribution is what is illegal whenever it comes to retro gaming but there is nothing illegal about owning hardware.
After you get a nice Everdrive you should Mod Your Original Game Boy.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this Gameboy everdrive review I plan to do much more on video games and other flash carts and technology I have laying around. I do have a YouTube Review Channel which I will be doing a video on stuff like this and gaming reviews. It hasn’t launched exactly just yet but I’ll be working on it coming in 2019.
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