How long has the PowerPak been temporarily unavailable?

How long has the PowerPak been temporarily unavailable?
by on (#30728)
It seems as if the PowerPak has gone out-of-stock for a long time...does anybody remember when was the last time it was on sale? I'm getting a bit worried it would be a very long time for it to go back on sale again...

Bunnyboy, if you are reading this, could you tell us how PowerPak production is going? Will it be on sale again this year?

by on (#30760)
Since nobody seems to be responding yet, I did a little research from the forum. From this post on November 8th, 2007:
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Is there some way I can buy a PowerPak without a CF card and reader? I already have those and $130+ is a pretty steep price, even for a great product. Hope you'll understand; thanks.

And this thread from January 18, 2008:
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Hi! I recently bought a PowerPak with a 128MB CF card. I'm using a Pal nes with the region free mod. The card works using the 128MB CF.

I think the PowerPak may had been "temporarily unavailable" since during November 2007 - January 2008 - although I remember the PowerPak being out of stock during the Christmas season. So I guess the PowerPak was out of stock for around 1-3 months?

by on (#30761)
I'm not sure how long it has been. All I remember is when I missed the first batch it was awhile before they were back. I jumped on it when it came back. Then there was atleast another batch after the one I got mine from. Not sure what has happened since then. I'm sure they'll be more. You could also send him an email letting him know you're interested I guess. He's the only one that would know when more will be available.

by on (#30762)
MottZilla wrote:
You could also send him an email letting him know you're interested I guess. He's the only one that would know when more will be available.

The RetroZone site discourages sending emails about product status:
Emails asking for when products will be available will be ignored, check the product description for an estimate. If the product page has no estimate, we have no estimate.

Since neither PowerPak description page tells of any estimate, this may mean that bunnyboy isn't too sure when the PowerPak will be on sale again. :(

by on (#30805)
Hope NOA didn't get on his ass.

-Rob

by on (#30822)
rbudrick wrote:
Hope NOA didn't get on his ass.

I sort of doubt that NOA threatened bunnyboy. I think it would make sense that other products (PowerPak Lite, USB CopyNES, ReproPak and its parts, etc.) - or even the RetroUSB site itself - would be unavailable should NOA have threatened bunnyboy's company.

by on (#32801)
Does the PowerPak guy post here? Does anyone talk to him?

The PowerPak got off to such a good start, but development on mappers and hardware availability seems to have stalled. He implied that there would eventually be working MMC5 support...

I would certainly pick up a spare PowerPak if they were available again.

by on (#32815)
Destro wrote:
Does the PowerPak guy post here? Does anyone talk to him?

Yes; his username here is bunnyboy. As of this post, his last post was on April 8th.

by on (#32822)
I think when I asked him he said the reason more Powerpaks haven't been made is something to do with the PCBs. Just keep checking regularly for them being back in stock. I'd love it though if MMC5 support was finished. Also The Konami VRC series.

by on (#34584)
they're available again ordered my this morning.

by on (#34649)
rjardina wrote:
they're available again ordered my this morning.


Apparently they sold out in 4 days. I really wish RetroZone would accept pre-pay.

by on (#34764)
The PowerPak is in stock again! First come first serve!
http://www.retrousb.com/index.php?categoryID=86

by on (#34778)
I'm just curious, is there anything similar that exist for the famicom? I had an original nes before but I had to sell it (big mistake of mine) before I moved to Japan. Now the only thing I have available is an old famicom.

I would love to be able to test some home brew on it. I didn't saw anything similar for the famicom except I remember vaguely some company, neo something, that was supposed to make one for it. Maybe I didn't search enough?

by on (#34784)
You could use a PowerPak with a NES->FC converter, couldn't you? Unless there's some incompability that I'm unaware of.

Yes, neoflash is working on a programmable NES cart. I wouldn't hold my breath though, as they take forever to get anything finished (if they ever finish it).

by on (#34785)
The PowerPak works fine with a Famicom adapter.

by on (#34786)
That could be a possibility, I didn't think about that. I'm so used to the opposite (FC->NES) that I forgot completely about this fact.

NES->FC have been less common until the portable famicom came out I guess. After reading your message I saw some HK site selling it for 35 HKD. Not so bad.