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Counterfeit GBA

Post by tim453 » Sat Mar 01, 2008 3:33 pm

I bought Super Mario Bros. 3 for the GBA off ebay and the game arrived today. It doesn't work. I am wondering if the game is a copy.

The picture on the box is not the UK or the US one that I know.

Does anyone know if this box picture (see below) is genuine, maybe it's from somewhere other than the US or UK?

Does anyone know about counterfeit GBA games? ... otohosting

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Post by mick_aka » Sat Mar 01, 2008 3:49 pm

Looks like a pirate, my Final Fantasy 1&2 cart turned out to be a pirate, it plays but does not save :(

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Post by ok0510 » Sat Mar 01, 2008 6:33 pm

Looks like a pirate??????

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Post by Shin_Gouki » Sat Mar 01, 2008 6:39 pm

I'm going to say it's a pirate, along with 90% of the GBA games on eBay.

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Post by Dudley » Sat Mar 01, 2008 7:00 pm

The rating on the box is from the US ratings board.

It's not from anywhere but there if it's genuine.

And it's not genuine.
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Post by stvd » Sat Mar 01, 2008 7:18 pm

I bought Mario v Donkey Kong a while ago (my 1st GBA purchase from ebay). Didn't realise it was fake until it arrived. Flat pack box, poorly printed instruction "sheet".

However, it did work & save perfectly..........for about 6 months.

Then it broke :(

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Post by Mayhem » Sat Mar 01, 2008 8:06 pm

Yeh, defo pirate. Wrong box art, box sent "flat packed" (a common trait with pirates). Time to get your money back.

By now the only time I get Gameboy games are from people I know, actual online shops or Amazon marketplace (tends to be far less pirates there).
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Post by Opa-Opa » Sun Mar 02, 2008 5:06 am

Check the back of the cart, it should have a Nintendo stamp, not NONTONDO, NINTONO, MINTENO or any other poor atempt to make it look like the real thing.

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Post by Type2XS » Mon Mar 03, 2008 11:39 am

Even SNES games are fake sometimes: Like Secret of Mana 2 in German. A game that obviously was never released outside of Japan. ... 0197559260 <- YIKES

On Sunday a fake version with packaging went out at around 370 Euros. That's just ridiculous!

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Post by mick_aka » Mon Mar 03, 2008 11:50 am

It's not unusual, the fake bootleg verisions of tetris for the MegaDrive easilly fetch in the high hundreds of pounds.
But then as the few original carts sell around the $10,000 mark it's not so suprising lol

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Post by ZX Beccy » Wed Mar 05, 2008 12:05 pm

seems to be a lot of it about :cry:

I recently bought 'The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy' for the GBA, works okay but the box was clearly a badly scanned pirate and the cart sticker peeled off to reveal a Mario Kart sticker!
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Post by video-gamer-girl » Wed Mar 05, 2008 12:41 pm

there's to many fakes on ebay and that is a fake one. i thought i was buying a few genuine GBA games from a seller few months ago. but they were fakes.

i usually look for genuine uk ones now because i just cant trust any game now with the US rating on it on ebay


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Post by C=Style » Wed Mar 05, 2008 12:46 pm

yeah it's not uncommon at all to buy unknowingly a bootleg GBA copy. It's really not on as you think your getting the real deal and pay good money for a cheap knock off. Make sure you only buy games which state in the item description that they are the real deal.

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Post by Antiriad2097 » Wed Mar 05, 2008 1:05 pm

Assuming these bootlegs are repurposed if they don't sell (given the overstikied Mario Kart example above), are they flashable? I have a flash linker cable for my original GBA, I'm curious if the bootlegs are just flashed in a similar manner or if they're some weird cheapo custom thing. If they're flashable, could be good to have a couple.
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