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CREATED JUN.19.2011
UPDATED MAY.27.2012
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MARTIN NIELSEN
DATEL TRAINER CARTRIDGE
NOW WHAT THE... IS THIS?
Well I'm not really sure what to write here, because I really have no clue of what I'm holding here, other than what the brief showing of what could be a title screen, before the screen goes black again.

I purchased it from a guy in Norway for $20 a while back, advertised as a "Mysterious orange thing". According to the seller he bought it off ebay way back and the orange device came with an orange controller pak, which I sadly didn't get with the purchase.

The internals of the cartridge reveals that it's a Datel product, which kinda makes sense as it's housed in an orange GameBooster shell. However, where the cartridge slot is on a GameBooster, the orange thing here has a parallel port connector. On the backside there's an N64 game slot.

On the PCB there are two SST 29LE010's which is a 1 megabyte EEPROM and then there's a Datel GAL ACTION REPLAY chip labeled LZ29FC17. The board has Datel reference number 1266. The board also features a button which function is unknown at the moment.

When powered the cartridge breifly displays the screen below, saying "Trainer V2.0 (Standard USA)".

So this is a trainer cartridge of some sort that most likeyly requires a special PC program to function, search for Trainable objects within the game attached to the backside of the orange thing. Who knows what the orange controller pak was for, but it could also be vital for the function of this thing.

Well if anyone out there knows what this is, the please do let me know :-)

UPDATE! MAY 27, 2012

Well it turns out that Datel at one point was advertising something called a "Cheat Development System" which was in the works both for the N64 and the PSX. The Cheat Development for the N64 came with a special 6meg (pretty sure it was only 4) RAM expansion PAK and retailed for $89.99 but also required another device called "SharkLink", adding a cost of $49.99, to make game cheats.

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I still believe that the cartridge above is some kind of sample as I've never seen one before or after this one, and at a total price of $140 I don't see these ever flying off the shelves.

Thanks to JLukas at assemblergames.com for the advertisement scan above.

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