The overall lack of quality makes me want to facepalm.
It really sucks just getting to Zerumus and being told your Save is corrupted.
It’s a sad day when you wind up shelling almost forty dollars for a fake game.
1. Label Art – Quite often with bootlegs the label art will be different from the original. Things like the color of the label or the picture which is supposed to be in the background will be different from the original and often times bootleggers will just put the box’s image on it and call it a day. In recent years bootleggers have upped the quality of their fakes and now some have begun to use design of the legitimate label. So you may be ask me “If they have the original label image and text than how will I know its fake?” Well I would direct you to the lower right side of the label, if you see a set of numbers and and/or letters there (if in the US it should start with AGB and end with USA) that means that its legit also look for the Nintendo Seal, which should read: “Official Nintendo Seal”
On the upper Right side of the label should be two sets of double digit numbers stamped into the label as well.
Class, can you tell me what’s wrong with this cartridge?
2. The back of the game cartridge – The back of your game cartridge should have a Tri-Wing screw in it, these screws look like a “Y” and can only be removed with a special screwdriver. Some bootleggers will instead opt to use a regular Phillips screw which looks like a “+” this is a tell tale sign of a bootleg, as all Nintendo Licensed games use a Tri-wing screw. Another thing to look for is the where its made, bootleggers sometimes replace the “Made in Japan” with “Made in China” (they aren’t all that good at masking things.)
3. Finally and most definitely is the contacts and board of the game itself. If you open up the game by taking out the screw you should be greeted by a regular board and DEPENDING on the game a possible battery with a red ring around it. Certain GBA games do not use a battery for saves and instead use flash based memory which means it saves directly to the carts memory so if you were to find a game which should save in that manner but instead uses a battery you can tell that it is a bootleg. If you look on the bottom of the board near the contacts in white lettering you should clearly see Nintendo, and a product number which shows that Nintendo manufactured it.
Fake.Another thing to watch out for are those “175 (or 250, or whatever amount) games in one” those are typically modified flash cartridges (Cart’s used to bootleg games). They tend to be limited in ability and the “Games” they come with are typically multiples of a single game and are all quite illegal (especially if you live in the UK).
You zany Canadians.
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