V.Flash

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V.Flash
V.Flash Logo.jpg
ManufacturerVTech
TypeEducational
GenerationSeventh generation era
Release dateSeptember 2006
MediaCD-ROM
CPUARM9 from LSI Logic
StorageMemory card
Controller inputJoystick
PredecessorV.Smile

V.Flash (also known as V.Smile Pro in Europe) is a spinoff from the Vtech V.Smile series of educational game consoles. Unlike the V.Smile, this game console uses 3D graphics and is designed for kids aged 5+.

It was revealed at the 2006 London Toy Fair[1], and released on September 2006.[2]

Games[edit]

Since the console didn't sell as well as the V.Smile, not many games were made for it. All Games were released in both the US and Europe, with the exception of Muiltisports, which was exclusive to Europe.

There were 10 titles known to have been released;

# US/UK Title Overseas title(s) Age range Developer
1 Bratz Fashion Pixiez: The Secret Necklace France Bratz Fashion Pixiez: Le Collier Magique United States6-8
France6-9
2 Cars: In the Fast Lane Spain Cars: El Carril Rápido
France Cars: À Fond La Caisse!
Germany Cars: Auf Der Überholspur
United States6-8
United Kingdom5-7
Spain6-9
France6-9
Germany6-8
3 Disney Princess: The Crystal Ball Adventure Spain Disney Princess: El Castillo de las Princesas
France Disney Princess: L'aventure enchantée
Germany Disney Prinzessinnen: Das zauberhafte Märchen-Abenteuer
United States6-8
France6-9
Germany6-10
4 The Incredibles: Mission Incredible Spain Los Increíbles: Misión Increíble
France Les Indestructibes: Les Indestructibes À La Rescousse
Germany Die Unglaublichen: In unglaublicher Mission
United States8-10
Spain8-11
France8-11
Germany8-10
5 N/A GermanyMultisports Germany6-8
6 Scooby-Doo!: Ancient Adventure Spain Scooby-Doo: Viaje Al Pasado
France Scooby-Doo!: Les Civilisations Perdues
United States6-8
Spain6-9
France6-9
7 Shrek the Third: The Search for Arthur Spain Shrek Tercero: ¿Donde Está Arturo?
France Shrek Le Troisieme: En quête d'Arthur
Germany Shrek Der Dritte: Die Suche nach Arthus
United States6-8
United Kingdom7-9
Spain6-9
France6-9
Germany6-8
8 The Amazing Spider-Man: Countdown to Doom Spain El Asombroso Spider-Man: Persecicíon en la Ciudad
France Spider-Man: Course-poursuite à Manhattan
Germany Spider-Man: Angriff der Super-Schurken
United States8-10
Spain8-11
France8-11
Germany8-10
9 SpongeBob SquarePants: Idea Sponge Spain Bob Esponja: Misión Esponja
France Bob L'Éponge: Une Idáe Spongieuse
Germany Spongebob Schwammkopf: Ein Schwamm voller Ideen
United States8-10
Spain6-9
France8-11
Germany8-10
10 Wacky Race on Jumpin' Bean Island Spain Carrera Loca En La Isla De Las Vainas Fritas
France Dingo'Rallye: Fou! Fou! Fou!
Germany Das Verrückte Rennen Der Hüpf-Bohnen Insel
United States5-7
Spain6-9
France6-10
Germany6-8
  • Although the name is in English, Multisports was exclusive to Europe and no English version exists.

CDs[edit]

Unlike most other CD-ROM-based consoles, this system uses 12 cm CDs enclosed with plastic to protect damage from touching, which is somewhat similar to 3.5" floppy disks or UMDs. The discs use the ISO 9660[3] file system, without any copy protection mechanism other than a simple sensor in the case jacket, making it possible to make a disc image out of the media, although there hasn't been any known cases of piracy involving the V.Flash. Because of this, the V.Flash can also play audio CDs and user-recorded CD-Rs using the supplied disc adapter.

Other hardware[edit]

The processor is an ARM9 processor from LSI Logic. Files are stored in 3 main formats: .mjp, .ptx, and .snd. The latter have been determined to be PCM WAV files.

Rated at 1.5 million polygons per second and with a 32 bit CPU, this system is directly comparable to the fifth generation game consoles, such as the PlayStation, which also sports 128mBit SDRAM.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.vtech.com/en/press_release/2006/vtech-unveils-a-new-cd-based-home-edutainment-system-v-flash-at-london-toy-fair/
  2. ^ "Nine year old wins scholarship for edu-game idea | Joystiq". web.archive.org. January 28, 2015.
  3. ^ "emuvibes.com - This website is for sale! - emuvibes Resources and Information". vflash.emuvibes.com.{{dead link|date=January 2019}

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