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Topic: Please help me verify Advance Wars Dual Strike legit copy

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rodoubleb

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Purchased Advanced Wars Dual Strike from Ebay. Of course I always check carefully that cart is legit and not a fake.

Looks very legit except that the green pin board has Nintendo printed on it. Everything I've ever read says that if the DS game says Nintendo on the green chip part, it is fake. Everything I read also suggests that if it was fake it would not work on a 3DS, and it works fine.

Of course most of the EBay fake guides are 2-3 years old. Not sure if the counterfeiters have improved their game since then.

Can anyone that bought a factory copy of Dual Strike please verify what is says on the back of your chip. I would appreciate very much.

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bezerker99

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Unfortunately, I cannot help you at all with your current plight.

I can, however, tell you how awesome your avatar is and it's the best one here at NL (I've mentioned this before to you, IIRC) and as far as I'm concerned. Baseball Stars is the best baseball game, not just on NES, but EVER!!!

Best of luck determining if your game is real or fake. Here's to one day hoping Nintendo and SNK will bring Baseball Stars to the VC/eShop! Cheers~ :)

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rodoubleb

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Thanks. Game also arrived with no save data, which is off for a used game unless someone took the time to reset the cart.

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Klimbatize

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I wish I could help you immediately. I have a copy of it at home. If nobody has answered this by the time I can check my copy tonight, I'll let you know.

Also, I reset my save data when selling a game (unless I've been asked not to), so I don't think it's that odd that there is no save data.

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bezerker99

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If the game plays fine, isn't that proof that it's legit? I'm not an expert at counterfeit games.......just thinking out loud here.

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Klimbatize

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Mine does have "Nintendo" above the chipboard in the green lettering. It starts with an arrow/triangle pointing down, space, Nintendo, space, C03-01.

But thinking on it, I bought the game years ago used at a store. So I may very well have a fake, too! I checked out all my DS games, and a couple others do have Nintendo printed on the chipboard as well. I can't remember if I bought any of them used, though.

I know that's not much help. I checked out some sites online that help you identify a fake game, and this was the only indicator that it was a fake game. My cart passes every other eye test listed.

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rodoubleb

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Thanks much for the help. I was caught in quite the paradox. I'm going to assume the Nintendo print is just an exception to the rule, since mine also passes all the other tests.

Sweet avatar as well. Mall Rats is my favorite Smith movie.

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Wheels2050

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@rodoubleb: Unfortunately, many of those guides are incorrect about having Nintendo printed on the PCB (which is very annoying, since they pass themselves off as fact).

The truth is that some (if not all) early DS games indeed had "Nintendo C01-01" stamp printed on them. My copies of Meteos and Kirby Canvas Curse have that, and while I bought them second hand I'm absolutely certain that they are genuine copies. For some reason this was phased out quite early on, though, and later cartridges were stamped with an apparently random code.

Those "Spot bootleg cartridges" guides often get other stuff wrong, like mentioning that a 'rotated' label is evidence of a bootleg cartridge, or that if the cartridge says "Original Nintendo Seal of Quality" then it's definitely fake (not true, that's the European seal, it just differs from the US one). I've been meaning to write up a guide for a while to correct the mistakes that other people make.

At the end of the day, if everything checks out (the label matches the one that mobygames.com has, if available, the first four letters of the black printed code on the cartridge match the game's code, the actual cartridge is identical in shape and size to a legit one), then your game is probably fine. I think the best test is to run it on a DSi/3DS, like you have. I'm not aware of bootleg cartridges being able to pass the piracy checks on those systems, so if the game boots up on one of them, as well as all of the above checking out, then I think it's safe to say that you have a legitimate copy.

I used to have a blog link here. I'll put it back up when the blog has something to read.

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rodoubleb

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You should write that guide. Most of the 'good' ones I stumbled across were specific to EU.

There was at least one person out there claiming that the bootleggers may now take the time to match the black serial number.

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