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Topic: Is this copy of GTA Chinatown Wars fake?

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PepsiBoy428

I had this GTA Chinatown Wars cartridge for years, it came in a reproduction case in which I no longer have but I have examined the cartridge and it appears to be genuine but I am unsure, Here are a couple pics I took https://ibb.co/PMGzTDs
https://ibb.co/Pmd66Q7

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Eel

Mine has a Nintendo logo and some patent pending info engraved on the plastic above the number on the back.

I feel like the sticker on mine is slightly larger too, in relation to the body of the cartridge.

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PepsiBoy428

@Eel Mine has the Nintendo logo and engraved Patent Pending too but my camera didn't pick it up

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PepsiBoy428

Here's another pic showing the back of my copy of GTA Chinatown Wars and the back of my copy of Mario Kart DS (Left: GTA Chinatown Wars, Right Mario Kart DS) https://ibb.co/hXzMJvn

PepsiBoy428

Eel

I suppose it could very well be a real cartridge, since you mention the logo is there, just not visible.

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PepsiBoy428

@Eel Yeah plus there are white letters above the gold connection pins while bootlegs don't have that, I'm still unsure

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Silly_G

That looks like a legitimate cartridge to me merely going off the front image as a reference.

Bootlegs usually have disproportionate ESRB logos (and/or the lettering is slightly off compared to the official typography/iconography), poor print quality, and the size of the sticker may be off as well. If you're familiar with the telltale signs of bootlegs, you can develop an eye for it.

But I would usually refrain from buying games in reproduction cases, even though in this case, it looks as though you have received a legitimate cartridge.

My local EBs have previously been fooled as I noticed them selling counterfeit copies of Pokémon Platinum and Super Mario 64 DS some years ago. It's baffling that the so-called "professionals" can't tell the difference even though they're bleedingly obvious to myself.

The fact that your copy has the Nintendo logo engraved on the rear also supports my belief that this is legitimate. Another telltale sign too is if the dimensions or lettering of the engraved Nintendo logo are off, but I think you're on to a winner here.

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PepsiBoy428

I examined the back carefully with GTA Chinatown Wars and my copy of Mario Kart DS right next to each other and found nothing off so it's legit! Thanks for helping me out!

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Matt_Barber

Another check is to try the cartridge in a 3DS, as fakes generally won't work with them.

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