V.Flash

educational home video game console

The V.Flash (known as V.Smile Pro in Europe; stylized as V.FLASH HOME EDUTAINMENT SYSTEM) is a seventh-generation educational home video game console. It is a spinoff of the V.Smile series of video game consoles and was manufactured and released by VTech. Unlike the V.Smile, the game console uses 3D graphics and is designed for kids aged 5+.

V.Flash
ManufacturerVTech
TypeEducational home video game console
GenerationSeventh generation
Release dateSeptember 2006
DiscontinuedUnknown
MediaCD-ROM
CPUARM9 from LSI Logic
StorageMemory card
Controller inputJoystick
PredecessorV.Smile
SuccessorNone

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

GamesEdit

Not many games were made for the console because it was not very successful. All games came out in the United States, the United Kingdom, Spain, France and Germany, except for of Bratz Fashion Pixiez: The Secret Necklace, which did not come out in the United Kingdom and Germany, Multisports, which was exclusive to Germany, and Scooby-Doo!: Ancient Adventure, which did not come out in Germany.

There are 10 titles known to have been released;

# US/UK title Overseas title(s) Age range Developer
1 Bratz Fashion Pixiez: The Secret Necklace   Bratz Fashion Pixiez: El Misterio del Collar
  Bratz Fashion Pixiez: Le Collier Magique
 6-8
 6-9
 6-9
2 Cars: In the Fast Lane   Cars: El Carril Rápido
  Cars: À Fond La Caisse!
  Cars: Auf Der Überholspur
 6-8
 5-7
 6-9
 6-9
 6-8
3 Disney Princess: The Crystal Ball Adventure   Disney Princess: El Castillo de las Princesas
  Disney Princess: L'aventure enchantée
  Disney Prinzessinnen: Das zauberhafte Märchen-Abenteuer
 6-8
 5-7
 6-9
 6-9
 6-10
4 N/A  Multisports  6-8
5 Scooby-Doo!: Ancient Adventure   Scooby-Doo: Viaje Al Pasado
  Scooby-Doo!: Les Civilisations Perdues
 6-8
 6-9
 6-9
6 Shrek the Third: The Search for Arthur   Shrek Tercero: ¿Donde Está Arturo?
  Shrek Le Troisieme: En quête d'Arthur
  Shrek Der Dritte: Die Suche nach Arthus
 6-8
 7-9
 6-9
 6-9
 6-8
7 SpongeBob SquarePants: Idea Sponge   Bob Esponja: Misión Esponja
  Bob L'Éponge: Une Idée Spongieuse
  Spongebob Schwammkopf: Ein Schwamm voller Ideen
 8-10
 7-9
 6-9
 8-11
 8-10
8 The Amazing Spider-Man: Countdown to Doom   El Asombroso Spider-Man: Persecicíon en la Ciudad
  Spider-Man: Course-poursuite à Manhattan
  Spider-Man: Angriff der Super-Schurken
 8-10
 7-9
 8-11
 8-11
 8-10
9 The Incredibles: Mission Incredible   Los Increíbles: Misión Increíble
  Les Indestructibes: Les Indestructibes À La Rescousse
  Die Unglaublichen: In unglaublicher Mission
 8-10
 7-9
 8-11
 8-11
 8-10
10 Wacky Race on Jumpin' Bean Island   Carrera Loca En La Isla De Las Vainas Fritas
  Dingo'Rallye: Fou! Fou! Fou!
  Das Verrückte Rennen Der Hüpf-Bohnen Insel
 5-7
 5-7
 6-9
 6-10
 6-8
  • Although the name is in English, Multisports was exclusive to Europe and no English version exists.

CDsEdit

Unlike most other consoles that use CD-ROMs, this system's CD-ROMs are inside a plastic case to protect them from damage from touching, similar to 3.5" floppy disks or UMDs. The discs use the ISO 9660[3] file system, without any copy protection other than a simple sensor in the case jacket, making it possible to make a disc image from the disc. However, there are no 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 disc adapter that comes with the console.

Other hardwareEdit

The console's CPU is an ARM9 CPU from LSI Logic. Files are stored in 3 main formats: .mjp, .ptx, and .snd. .snd files are actually PCM WAV files.

The console can render 1.5 million polygons per second and has a 32 bit CPU, making the console directly comparable to fifth-generation game consoles, such as the PlayStation.

ReferencesEdit

  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)

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