Author Topic: Does the Everdrive GBA X5 Mini support GameCube-GBA link cable functionality?  (Read 1971 times)

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Offline GD46

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Title. I don't own an Everdrive yet, but I'm curious. In particular, I'm wondering if a save file for Metroid Fusion on the Everdrive will be accessible in order to to unlock bonuses in Metroid Prime on the GC as, according to the instructions in Prime, the GBA has to enter a special boot mode (by holding START and SELECT before powering on) with a Fusion cartridge inserted in order for the data transfer to work. Has anyone tried this out?

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Title. I don't own an Everdrive yet, but I'm curious. In particular, I'm wondering if a save file for Metroid Fusion on the Everdrive will be accessible in order to to unlock bonuses in Metroid Prime on the GC as, according to the instructions in Prime, the GBA has to enter a special boot mode (by holding START and SELECT before powering on) with a Fusion cartridge inserted in order for the data transfer to work. Has anyone tried this out?

Nope u will need to get a EZ-FLASH OMEGA Definitive Edition for that feature as its the only one on the market that acts as a retail cart

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Nope u will need to get a EZ-FLASH OMEGA Definitive Edition for that feature as its the only one on the market that acts as a retail cart
I see. Gotta say, that new EZ Flash seems pretty promising. Would I be better off getting that instead? I've been leaning more towards the Everdrive as they seem to have a better reputation concerning their quality control, reliability, and battery life.

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I did try using my GC-GBA transfer cable for this very reason.  I really wanted to do a speed-run through Metroid Prime with the Fusion suit.  Unfortunately, it doesn't seem like the EverDrive supports this functionality.

In regards to the EZ Flash, I guess it solely depends on what you "need" in the device.  If not having this function is a deal-breaker for you, I guess you already have your answer. 

I also went with the EverDrive for the reasons you listed.  I've had the EZ-Flash IV in the past, and I'll admit that it was a good work-horse.  My main issue with it was the battery consumption was quite high.  After getting my 2nd EverDrive (1st one was a dud, long story --  go to http://krikzz.com/forum/index.php?topic=10870.0 if interested), it met and exceeded my expectations for battery consumption.


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The Everdrive would work in games that doesn't use this special boot mode, but unfortunately many games probably does.
Besides the single use mode for linking with GC and DS, another advantage that the Omega DE seems to have is that it uses FRAM instead of SRAM to save to. FRAM doesn't need the battery so only the RTC stops working when the button cell battery runs dry.

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I think what you would have to do for Gamecube multibooting to work is disable Quick Boot, and then after you launch the ROM, press Start + Select as soon as the GBA logo appears. The Nintendo logo should disappear w/ a chime and then reappear when another GBA or the Gamecube is plugged in and transmits a program. Since the ROM+Save are locked in before rebooting to the BIOS, any multiboot which alters the save file should be able to work fine. Should also work for like, the Pokemon Colosseum Jirachi and a few other multiboot programs which mess with saves.

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Have you tried this?
I think I have tried this and didn't get it to work. It was with the old M3 movie player GBA/DS flashcart and not the Everdrive though.

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I'll say it again u need a EZ-Flash Omega Defective Edition to do this

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Depends on the type of 'gamelink' and games... I was able to play linked version of Zelda Four Swords off a GBA X5 just fine...

What you don't get is linking DS to GBA games functionality.

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And GBA to GC linking functionality in most cases.

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I'll say it again u need a EZ-Flash Omega Defective Edition to do this

Haha! I don't want the defective edition 😂

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And GBA to GC linking functionality in most cases.

Do you have a list of which don't work? Seems any game which has linking accesses from 'within' each games themselves as in a menu within the game seem to work... You have to both choose a menu within the GBA game and also a menu from the GC itself to activate 'comunication' between them.

If there are those that require a check upon booting the machine (as checking upon turning on the machine). Then it probably won't work.

Quite a few GBA to GC linking didn't require a cartridge at all, it simply uploads data into the GBA to use on the screen. So having a flashcart should have no influence on how it works or not.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GameCube_%E2%80%93_Game_Boy_Advance_link_cable#:~:text=The%20Nintendo%20GameCube%20Game%20Boy%20Advance%20cable%20%28DOL-011%29,controller%2C%20or%20transferring%20in-game%20items%20between%20related%20games.

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Unfortunately I don't have a list. As you say the only games that have problems is those that requires you to hold start and boot up the GBA while the GC is on to access a special screen. GBA-GC linking with games that selects the linking option from a menu in both games when the GBA game is already started would probably work in any flashcart. This may include the e-Reader BIOS as you select the GC transfer option in the menu. I haven't tried this with the Everdrive X5, but it should be possible to download data (such as the Japanese Pikmin 2 minigames) to its save memory as long as the Everdrive supports the BIOS ROM and its save type. If that works, you could transfer the save file to a computer and run it in an emulator that supports the e-Reader and scan all cards to it (there are no-intro sets with about all e-cards) to access all contents (such as the levels for the Pikmin 2 minigames).


Yes GC games like Wind Waker, Four Swords+ and Nintendo Puzzle Collection only requires the GBA and the cable, no cartridge. The Game Boy Player can also use the GBA as a controller using the GBA-GC link cable if you want authentic controls.