JT Studio is now selling a version of ClusterM‘s FDSKey, that features an injection-molded case from Retro Game Restore. There’s also a new firmware update coming, as well as an optional cable that allows this version of the FDSKey to work on Sharp Twin Famicom’s! The price is $40 plus shipping and they should be in-stock right now. More info, plus a quick unboxing video can be found below the links:
Purchase Here: https://jt-studios.com/product/fdskey-famicom-disk-system-drive-emulator/
Twin Famicom Cable: https://jt-studios.com/product/pre-orderfdskey-to-twin-famicom-cable/
Project Link: https://github.com/ClusterM/fdskey
Looks like @info_JT_Studio_ is now selling a version of @Cluster_M's FDSKey with an injection-molded shell from @RgRDev! Here's a quick unboxing showing the quality with more info in the post:https://t.co/0EWXXrem1n pic.twitter.com/hXFDS7L67j
— Bob from RetroRGB (@RetroRGB) August 30, 2023
The FDSKey is a device that replaces the floppy disk drive in a Famicom/RAM Module/FloppyDrive setup. It still requires the original “RAM Module” that sits on top of the Famicom. From a “preservation” point of view, this is the perfect solution, as the only thing emulated are the disks and drive – All the chips inside the RAM module are still used, making it an authentic experience.
Using the FDSKey is easy!: Format a MicroSD card to FAT32, copy your games, select the game via the FDSKey’s buttons and display…then lastly, power on your console. As far as your Famicom / RAM Module are concerned, it’s loading an “original disk”. One advantage of the FDSKey over the other, is no software is required to load roms – Simply copy them to the SD!
When used with an original floppy drive, the FDSKey can be used to dump FDS disks as well, without any custom cabling required. That’s a pretty big deal for anyone with rare, old software for the FDS! You can also write to writable FDS disks, which is a neat feature I’ve never tried…although I imagine that’s a bit more complicated.
Just got these photos from @info_JT_Studio_ .
Man, that’s so sick.
— Retro Game Restore (@RgRDev) September 3, 2023