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AGS Aging Cartridge

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AGS Aging Cartridge

Developer: Nintendo
Publisher: Nintendo
Platform: Game Boy Advance


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This extremely rare cartridge was used to test Game Boy Advance systems and is notable in that every single emulator fails at least one of the tests. GBA hardware clones will also fail one or more of these tests.

By default, the system will boot straight into the aging test, but the menu can be accessed by holding L + R at startup. From within the menu, you can run various tests and also modify the default startup behavior of the cartridge. This will alter certain flags in the save file of the cartridge.

Download.png Download AGS Aging Cartridge
File: AGB_CHECKER_TCHK10.zip (381 KB) (info)

Unused Graphics

No touchy?

A crossed-out hand.

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Small, pixellated frames of Mario's head from the intro of Super Mario 64. Only two of these frames are used.

Interesting Graphics

While these are used, they are remnants of early versions of other games.

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The logo of Donkey Kong Advance. Whether it's an early title for a game, an unreleased game, or anything at all is unknown.

AGSAgingCart-DKgrenadebanana.png
In-game, the "Advance" part is actually covered up by Donkey Kong's arm and some bananas, making it hard to tell what it normally says.

Developer Text

Scattered throughout the ROM are leftovers from other test cartridges.

AGB
AGS
1.TARGET L   R
2.TYPE
3.AGING TIME
%02d:%02d:00
ENDLESS
CARTRIDGE RAM WAIT CONTROL TEST
WAIT STATE WAIT CONTROL TEST
SET PHI OUTPUT CONTROL
PREFETCH BUFFER TEST
CARTRIDGE TYPE FLAG TEST
CARTRIDGE RAM TEST
CARTRIDGE ROM TEST
OAM TEST
VRAM TEST
PALETTE RAM TEST
CPU INTERNAL WORK RAM TEST
CPU EXTERNAL WORK RAM TEST
GET SYSTEM ROM CHECK SUM