Topic: Avoiding fake/bootleg GBA games

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rhyno601 wrote:

Hey everyone,
Long time reader first time poster on these forums!

I bought a series of gba games off ebay and I think they are all bootlegs. I've gotten in touch with the seller just now but I haven't heard back. Does anyone know what I should do?

Should he be refunding and paying for postage back? Also, should I report it to ebay? I don't want him to sell these to someone not looking for fake copies...

honestly anytime i was ever in that scenario i threatened the seller and it worked.
more than likely, probably because he figured out i am a vampire hunter, plus i also showed how my handiwork with a whip works.
i had no problems with those sellers once i revealed my occupation, then i murdered them with my whip.
or for less fun you can file a dispute via paypal because obviously, yer not of belmont blood because the first thing you would have done was whip his face and whip it real good.
vampire hunters do not take plea bargains, however for the novice vampire hunter id reccomend just throwing bottles of holy water at him.
but physical pain with a whip is much more satisfying.
why does my chest smell?

the_shpydar wrote:
As @ogo79 said, the SNS-RZ-USA is a prime giveaway that it's not a legit retail cart.
And yes, he is (usually) always right, and he is (almost) the sexiest gamer out there (not counting me) ;)


This may be an old thread, but here is my two cents for buying used Pokemon GBA games (and used DS games. I got duped by a pirated SM64DS cart!):

  • Look at the Nintendo label above the edge connector, like several have said. If it is defaced, looks wrong, or isn't there, it's a bootleg.
  • with the Pokemon games, a clear case doesn't tell you anything. really, both a clear case AND a shiny fluroescent label is what to look for. also watch for the ESRB rating as many pirates often use US labels on the fake carts, as well as their own.
  • when playing the game, watch for defects in gameplay, such as failure to save (this happened to me with 3 of the games out of my 5. I select "save" and the GBA hangs) and even inability to progress (this also happened to me in Pokemon leafGreen, i go up a staircase on the S.S. Anne, or try to, and the screen goes purple and the sound glitches out!)
  • If you later get a DS Pokemon game, the game failing to detect a GBA cart when the migration feature becomes available means your GBA cart's a bootleg. This happened to my pokemon emerald game which functioned correctly otherwise.
  • for DS games ONLY: Watch for cartridges that have the Nintendo logo on the edge connector: if this is present, instead of a random number, it's a bootleg.



And something i forgot to add: If your DS game doesn't sleep properly, it's quite possibly a bootleg. (My cart goes into sleep, then wakes, then sleeps then... you get the idea! Mario keeps saying random things from your DS!)

Edited on by FuzzyQuills



@the_shpydar Just to build on this, don't be anything from China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, etc. They are most likely to be bootlegs.



Please don't revive random threads where the discussion ended more than six months ago~

Yeah I don’t know either.

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