V.Flash

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V.Flash
V.Flash Logo.jpg
Manufacturer VTech
Type Educational home video game console
Generation Seventh generation
Release dateSeptember 2006
DiscontinuedUnknown
Media CD-ROM
CPU ARM9 from LSI Logic
StorageMemory card
Controller input Joystick
Predecessor V.Smile
SuccessorNone

The V.Flash (also known as V.Smile Pro in Europe) is an educational home video game console and spinoff from the V.Smile series of video game consoles manufactured and released by VTech. Unlike the V.Smile, this game console uses 3D graphics and is designed for kids aged 5+.

Contents

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

Games

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 TitleOverseas title(s)Age rangeDeveloper
1Bratz Fashion Pixiez: The Secret Necklace Flag of Spain.svg Bratz Fashion Pixiez: El Misterio del Collar
Flag of France.svg Bratz Fashion Pixiez: Le Collier Magique
Flag of the United States.svg 6-8
Flag of Spain.svg 6-9
Flag of France.svg 6-9
2Cars: In the Fast Lane Flag of Spain.svg Cars: El Carril Rápido
Flag of France.svg Cars: À Fond La Caisse!
Flag of Germany.svg Cars: Auf Der Überholspur
Flag of the United States.svg 6-8
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg 5-7
Flag of Spain.svg 6-9
Flag of France.svg 6-9
Flag of Germany.svg 6-8
3Disney Princess: The Crystal Ball Adventure Flag of Spain.svg Disney Princess: El Castillo de las Princesas
Flag of France.svg Disney Princess: L'aventure enchantée
Flag of Germany.svg Disney Prinzessinnen: Das zauberhafte Märchen-Abenteuer
Flag of the United States.svg 6-8
Flag of France.svg 6-9
Flag of Germany.svg 6-10
4The Incredibles: Mission Incredible Flag of Spain.svg Los Increíbles: Misión Increíble
Flag of France.svg Les Indestructibes: Les Indestructibes À La Rescousse
Flag of Germany.svg Die Unglaublichen: In unglaublicher Mission
Flag of the United States.svg 8-10
Flag of Spain.svg 8-11
Flag of France.svg 8-11
Flag of Germany.svg 8-10
5N/A Flag of Germany.svg Multisports Flag of Germany.svg 6-8
6Scooby-Doo!: Ancient Adventure Flag of Spain.svg Scooby-Doo: Viaje Al Pasado
Flag of France.svg Scooby-Doo!: Les Civilisations Perdues
Flag of the United States.svg 6-8
Flag of Spain.svg 6-9
Flag of France.svg 6-9
7Shrek the Third: The Search for Arthur Flag of Spain.svg Shrek Tercero: ¿Donde Está Arturo?
Flag of France.svg Shrek Le Troisieme: En quête d'Arthur
Flag of Germany.svg Shrek Der Dritte: Die Suche nach Arthus
Flag of the United States.svg 6-8
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg 7-9
Flag of Spain.svg 6-9
Flag of France.svg 6-9
Flag of Germany.svg 6-8
8The Amazing Spider-Man: Countdown to Doom Flag of Spain.svg El Asombroso Spider-Man: Persecicíon en la Ciudad
Flag of France.svg Spider-Man: Course-poursuite à Manhattan
Flag of Germany.svg Spider-Man: Angriff der Super-Schurken
Flag of the United States.svg 8-10
Flag of Spain.svg 8-11
Flag of France.svg 8-11
Flag of Germany.svg 8-10
9SpongeBob SquarePants: Idea Sponge Flag of Spain.svg Bob Esponja: Misión Esponja
Flag of France.svg Bob L'Éponge: Une Idée Spongieuse
Flag of Germany.svg Spongebob Schwammkopf: Ein Schwamm voller Ideen
Flag of the United States.svg 8-10
Flag of Spain.svg 6-9
Flag of France.svg 8-11
Flag of Germany.svg 8-10
10Wacky Race on Jumpin' Bean Island Flag of Spain.svg Carrera Loca En La Isla De Las Vainas Fritas
Flag of France.svg Dingo'Rallye: Fou! Fou! Fou!
Flag of Germany.svg Das Verrückte Rennen Der Hüpf-Bohnen Insel
Flag of the United States.svg 5-7
Flag of Spain.svg 6-9
Flag of France.svg 6-10
Flag of Germany.svg 6-8

CDs

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

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

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References

  1. "VTech Unveils a New CD-Based Home Edutainment System – V.Flash at London Toy Fair". VTech. 26 January 2006. Retrieved 2020-02-09.
  2. Orland, Kyle (October 26, 2006). "Nine year old wins scholarship for edu-game idea". Joystiq. Archived from the original on 28 January 2015. Retrieved 28 January 2015.
  3. "V.Flash Explorations". Emu Vibes. 26 May 2007. Archived from the original on 5 March 2010. Retrieved 5 March 2010.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)