Turbo : XG-Flash 2 Turbo
The XG2 Turbo is a cart with a lot of potential. It's hardware
is very good and the Super Memory Stick function is original
and works very well. Sadly, certain flaws bring what could be
a great cart down to the ground.
The cartridge's power consummation is incredible: it can last up to 11 hours
on a GBA SP with backlight on! This is the best power consummation on any flash
cart up to date. Aside from the electrical usage, the hardware also has basic
features such as a real-time clock, and the cartridge supports many saves without
patching, even 1Mb Flash, which is great as not many carts do so.
The cart also uses a new way to handle saves. While other carts use inner batteries,
the XG2 has changed things around by using a Super Memory Stick function. This
means that you will not have to ever worry about your saves being lost, as the
SMS will always keep your saves. However, the system may seem quite awkward at
first, as the SMS only keeps one active save at once, so if you decide to play
another game, you have to backup the save from the first game before switching.
It's weird, but I guess it would not be so hard to get used to it.
The software is average, but it does have dynamic writing, which is pretty cool.
A smaller flaw is that it does not have cheat support, but the biggest overall
flaw of this cart is the flashing speed. It's godamn awful. It takes about 12
minutes to flash 256Mb. With the EZFA, it takes about 5 minutes to do the same.
That's incredibly sad. However, if patience is on your side, this would not be
so much of a disadvantage and you could live through it. Personally, I would
knock my monitor out with a sledge hammer in frustration if I had to wait that
For the XG2 Turbo, the hardware is great, but the slow flashing software brings
it down a lot. On the brighter side, it's better software than hardware, so we
can only hope that in the near future the software speed situation will be improved.
+ Incredible battery power consumption
+ SMS function to manage saves
+ SMS can hold 4M
+ 512Mb version
- No cheat function
- SMS function is awkward
- Disastrous flashing speed
- No Pogoshell support
XG2 Turbo Linker and XG2Turbo Card Features:
Simple USB to GBA link port cable operation.
GBA and GBA SP compatible.
Realtime clock and calendar on.
ideal for third-party PDA like applications.
Fast data transfer.
Play mini games via cable, no cart needed.
Hardware saver support.
Faster and higher density flash chips mounted.
Easy to use software.
Backup games to PC.
Move games from PC to cart.
For Gameboy Advance or Gameboy Advance SP.
No batteries required.
Backward compatible to older Flash Cards.
Download/upload gamesaves into/from your original carts.
Tons of free Software available.
Stores a save game for EVERY game!