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Harmony Cartridge – The cartridge with flash memory for the Atari 2600

If you are a regular reader of Skooter Blog should already know Mega Everdrive and the SD2SNES, cartuchos flash para Mega Drive e Super Nintendo, respectively. After the arrival of Finally Atari 2600, I decided then acquire the Harmony Cartridge, a flash cartridge for Atari 2600.

The idea is the same. With the Harmony Cartridge you can put images of game ROMs Atari 2600 on an SD card or microSD. There are two versions of Harmony Cartridge: one for SD cards and one for microSD cards. By connecting the Atari 2600 a menu showing the contents of the card. You can then select an SD card ROM image and it will be recorded on a flash memory. Then the Atari 2600 perform such memory exactly like the original cartridge. There is emulation, is the original hardware in your Atari 2600 running the original code of the game.

The Harmony Cartridge It supports all commercial games Atari 2600, including even the pitfall II: Lost Caverns, which has an additional chip in the cartridge, called DPC (Display Processor Chip), not unheard of Atari 2600. Yes, well ahead of the Virtual Racing Mega Drive, and various games Super Nintendo Special chips (Super Mario Kart, Star Fox, etc.), or Atari 2600 has had its cartridge with a special chip. The Harmony Cartridge emulates the DPC as is the SD2SNES emula alguns chips do Super Nintendo.

I opted for the version of Harmony Cartridge using SD cards. There are two options package: Standard e Deluxe. The Standard comes only with the cartridge and a black and white on plain paper manual. In the Deluxe version Harmony Cartridge It comes with a 2GB SD card or more (for me came a Kingston 8GB), a USB cable, and colorful manual. On the card is software for programming, drivers, manual online, and some games homebrew which can be purchased at Atari Age Store. I opted for the Deluxe version and sent via USPS Priority.

I was very pleased with the acquisition of Harmony Cartridge. Now I can play all the games Atari 2600 of my childhood in the real hardware, and it can also play on real hardware those rare games I only knew by emulators.

The Harmony Cartridge are custom created for its, Fred Quimby. It manufactures the chipset and uses case original of a cartridge Atari 2600, making cuts to the entrance of the SD card and USB port, and adding a label personalized.

Unlike Mega Everdrive and the SD2SNES, the Harmony Cartridge does not use RAM to load games, but flash memory. That worries me a bit because of the limited amount of cycles recording of flash memories. But, 100.000 cycles is still a lot. Give to exchange game 10 times per day, every day, and yet the cartridge lasted 27 years. I'll be happy if I and my Atari 2600 we are still living there. It is true that sometimes I'll just “zapeando” and seeing new games and will use more than 10 exchanges on the same day, but it is also highly unlikely that I'll have time to call the Atari 2600 every day.

Check out some photos from the Harmony Cartridge:

Caixa com o Harmony cartridge - The cartridge with flash memory for the Atari 2600

Box with the Harmony Cartridge – The cartridge with flash memory for the Atari 2600

Caixa com o Harmony cartridge - The cartridge with flash memory for the Atari 2600

Box with the Harmony Cartridge – The cartridge with flash memory for the Atari 2600

USB cable that came with Harmony Cartridge - The cartridge with flash memory for the Atari 2600

USB cable that came with Harmony Cartridge – The cartridge with flash memory for the Atari 2600

Harmony Cartridge - The cartridge with flash memory for the Atari 2600 and accessories

Harmony Cartridge – The cartridge with flash memory for the Atari 2600 and accessories

USB cable that came with Harmony Cartridge - The cartridge with flash memory for the Atari 2600

USB cable that came with Harmony Cartridge – The cartridge with flash memory for the Atari 2600

USB cable that came with Harmony Cartridge - The cartridge with flash memory for the Atari 2600

USB cable that came with Harmony Cartridge – The cartridge with flash memory for the Atari 2600

Manual do Harmony Cartridge - The cartridge with flash memory for the Atari 2600

Manual do Harmony Cartridge – The cartridge with flash memory for the Atari 2600

Manual do Harmony Cartridge - The cartridge with flash memory for the Atari 2600

Manual do Harmony Cartridge – The cartridge with flash memory for the Atari 2600

Harmony Cartridge - The cartridge with flash memory for the Atari 2600

Harmony Cartridge – The cartridge with flash memory for the Atari 2600

Harmony Cartridge - The cartridge with flash memory for the Atari 2600 and SDHC Kingston 8GB

Harmony Cartridge – The cartridge with flash memory for the Atari 2600 and SDHC Kingston 8GB

Kingston 8GB SDHC card that came with your Harmony Cartridge - The cartridge with flash memory for the Atari 2600

Kingston 8GB SDHC card that came with your Harmony Cartridge – The cartridge with flash memory for the Atari 2600

Kingston 8GB SDHC card that came with your Harmony Cartridge - The cartridge with flash memory for the Atari 2600

Kingston 8GB SDHC card that came with your Harmony Cartridge – The cartridge with flash memory for the Atari 2600

Harmony Cartridge - The cartridge with flash memory for the Atari 2600

Harmony Cartridge – The cartridge with flash memory for the Atari 2600

Harmony Cartridge - The cartridge with flash memory for the Atari 2600

Harmony Cartridge – The cartridge with flash memory for the Atari 2600

Harmony Cartridge - The cartridge with flash memory for the Atari 2600

Harmony Cartridge – The cartridge with flash memory for the Atari 2600

Harmony Cartridge - The cartridge with flash memory for the Atari 2600

Harmony Cartridge – The cartridge with flash memory for the Atari 2600

Harmony Cartridge - The cartridge with flash memory for the Atari 2600

Harmony Cartridge – The cartridge with flash memory for the Atari 2600

Harmony Cartridge - The cartridge with flash memory for the Atari 2600

Harmony Cartridge – The cartridge with flash memory for the Atari 2600

Harmony Cartridge - The cartridge with flash memory for the Atari 2600, operation

Harmony Cartridge – The cartridge with flash memory for the Atari 2600, operation

Harmony Cartridge - The cartridge with flash memory for the Atari 2600, operation

Harmony Cartridge – The cartridge with flash memory for the Atari 2600, operation

Tela do Harmony Cartridge - The cartridge with flash memory for the Atari 2600

Tela do Harmony Cartridge – The cartridge with flash memory for the Atari 2600

Tela do Harmony Cartridge - The cartridge with flash memory for the Atari 2600

Tela do Harmony Cartridge – The cartridge with flash memory for the Atari 2600

Box with the Harmony Cartridge - The cartridge with flash memory for the Atari 2600, after removal of Posts label to reveal the declared value

Box with the Harmony Cartridge – The cartridge with flash memory for the Atari 2600, after removal of Posts label to reveal the declared value

And the tracking information package:

Data Local Situation
13/10/2014 17:00 CSD [Removed] Delivery Effected
13/10/2014 10:26 [Removed] Out for delivery to the recipient
10/10/2014 14:51 CTE CAMPINAS – VALINHOS / SP Routed
Referred to CDD [Removed]
08/10/2014 19:19 CTCI PARANA – CURITIBA/PR Routed
CTE transit Em CAMPINAS – VALINHOS / SP
08/10/2014 19:18 CTCI PARANA – CURITIBA/PR Routed
CTE transit Em CAMPINAS – VALINHOS / SP
08/10/2014 19:18 TREATMENT UNIT INTERNATIONAL – BRAZIL Awarded
Freed peels alfândega
08/10/2014 19:16 TREATMENT UNIT INTERNATIONAL – BRAZIL Awarded
Freed peels alfândega
07/10/2014 13:59 INTERNATIONAL TRAT Unidade PARANA – CURITIBA/PR Routed
In transit to Customs Enforcement – Customs Enforcement / BR
07/10/2014 13:58 INTERNATIONAL TRAT Unidade PARANA – CURITIBA/PR Awarded
Received / Brazil
01/10/2014 23:23 UNITED STATES Routed
M traveling to TREATMENT UNIT INTERNATIONAL – BRAZIL
27/09/2014 15:30 UNITED STATES Posted

And the purchase summary table:

Product Name: Harmony Cartridge
Name Original: Harmony Cartridge
Store: AtariAge
Value: US$ 79,99
Current value: US$ 79,99
Payment Method: PayPal
Shipping Type: USPS Priority
Shipping Fee: US$ 26,00
Package Home Country: U.S.
Purchase Data: 24/09/2014
Submission Date: 27/09/2014
Data Delivery: 13/10/2014
Time in Transit: 16 days
Declared content: Video Games
Type Marked Content: Merchandise
Declared Value: US$ 20,00
Taxed: Not
Taxable Value:
Tax Value:

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Skooter

Skooter is a computer scientist and the founder of Skooter Blog. He is interested in everything related to technology and he likes to save money by making his purchases directly from abroad.

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2 comments

  1. 1
    John's

    Good friend?

    I'm so into bought the Harmoni but I'm scared of income tax the product. I saw that declared only 20 dollars. How did you do it?

    Big hug.

    1. 1.1
      Skooter

      I did nothing. They declared anyway.
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