V.Flash

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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

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+.

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

Games[change | change source]

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 Spain Bratz Fashion Pixiez: El Misterio del Collar
France Bratz Fashion Pixiez: Le Collier Magique
United States6-8
Spain6-9
France6-9
2 Cars: In the Fast Lane Spain Cars: El Carril Rápido
France Cars: À Fond La Caisse!
Germany Cars: Auf Der Überholspur
United States6-8
United Kingdom5-7
Spain6-9
France6-9
Germany6-8
3 Disney Princess: The Crystal Ball Adventure Spain Disney Princess: El Castillo de las Princesas
France Disney Princess: L'aventure enchantée
Germany Disney Prinzessinnen: Das zauberhafte Märchen-Abenteuer
United States6-8
United Kingdom5-7
Spain6-9
France6-9
Germany6-10
4 N/A GermanyMultisports Germany6-8
5 Scooby-Doo!: Ancient Adventure Spain Scooby-Doo: Viaje Al Pasado
France Scooby-Doo!: Les Civilisations Perdues
United States6-8
Spain6-9
France6-9
6 Shrek the Third: The Search for Arthur Spain Shrek Tercero: ¿Donde Está Arturo?
France Shrek Le Troisieme: En quête d'Arthur
Germany Shrek Der Dritte: Die Suche nach Arthus
United States6-8
United Kingdom7-9
Spain6-9
France6-9
Germany6-8
7 SpongeBob SquarePants: Idea Sponge Spain Bob Esponja: Misión Esponja
France Bob L'Éponge: Une Idée Spongieuse
Germany Spongebob Schwammkopf: Ein Schwamm voller Ideen
United States8-10
United Kingdom7-9
Spain6-9
France8-11
Germany8-10
8 The Amazing Spider-Man: Countdown to Doom Spain El Asombroso Spider-Man: Persecicíon en la Ciudad
France Spider-Man: Course-poursuite à Manhattan
Germany Spider-Man: Angriff der Super-Schurken
United States8-10
United Kingdom7-9
Spain8-11
France8-11
Germany8-10
9 The Incredibles: Mission Incredible Spain Los Increíbles: Misión Increíble
France Les Indestructibes: Les Indestructibes À La Rescousse
Germany Die Unglaublichen: In unglaublicher Mission
United States8-10
United Kingdom7-9
Spain8-11
France8-11
Germany8-10
10 Wacky Race on Jumpin' Bean Island Spain Carrera Loca En La Isla De Las Vainas Fritas
France Dingo'Rallye: Fou! Fou! Fou!
Germany Das Verrückte Rennen Der Hüpf-Bohnen Insel
United States5-7
United Kingdom5-7
Spain6-9
France6-10
Germany6-8
  • Although the name is in English, Multisports was exclusive to Europe and no English version exists.

CDs[change | change source]

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 hardware[change | change source]

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.

References[change | change source]

  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)

Other websites[change | change source]