> how much do they cost?
Carts are ~$30, games start at $10...then there's shipping/handleing from Japan...
> Is the flash connected directly to the SNES bus ... as well as this ASIC? (So the flash or ASIC can be programmed directly from the cart connector)
I wish the flash was connected to the SNES bus directly, but it goes through the ASIC to the bus.
> Or is the flash conected to bus through the ASIC? (So the flash must be programmed through the ASIC and the ASIC handled address decoding)
> let me guess... the second one? :(
> Does the flash look like standard stuff ... or is it proprietary?
> I highly doubt we'll be able to figure out the programming sequence if nintendo put in some security measures (most likely). Altough, seeing how many other nintendo things are treated ... have you checked to see if someone at one of the convenient stores figured out how the writers work. I bet there's someone who already figured out how to write these guys.
Those programmers are only in Japan, so you'd have to go out there with a device that goes between the programmer and cart to snag the opcodes sent back and forth. And hope the store clerk doesn't get mad :P