Identifying Fake GBA games- A Useful FAQ

Discussion in 'GBA - Console and Game Discussions, Help and Tips' started by loco365, May 22, 2012.

  1. loco365
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    To the real thing.
     
  2. BrightNeko

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    I have a fake amazing mirror
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    the kirby's aren't on the original's cartridge, the number on the back is AGB-033.

    I've seen fake mario and luigi super star saga's around the indie game stores here. it uses the official box art for its cart image
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    I've seen around Blue F-zero maximum velocity carts with the blue falcon on them, the real ones are black with a purple vehicle on them.

    Also you got it backwards on the front page the castlevania WITH the CE is the real one. That is a PAL cart they all have that.

    An as additional stuff the cartridges for boktai games and drill dozer use different codes for their respective carts. So if you look on the back and see 002 screwed over.
    Drill Dozer is AGB-021A
    Boktai games are AGB-013
     
  3. loco365
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    Alright. Thanks for letting me know. I've updated the first post with the new titles and corrected Castlevania.
     
  4. BrightNeko

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    Hon you didn't quite read that right. the CE mark is for PAL games. Take into account region differences in this.
     
  5. loco365
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    Did some final research and corrected.
     
  6. Rokku

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    Oh, forgot to mention that my bootleg Fire Red has AGB-004 on the back and a battery inside, just like most other bootlegs.

    But the super-cheap and super-brittle casing broke when I tried to pop it in the GBA SP I have so I tossed it in the trash.
     
  7. loco365
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    Yours was that fragile? Mine had a minor crack in the shell but it never broke when inserting it. o.o
     
  8. Lilith Valentine

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    I have seen a fake Pokemon Crystal, it was a GBA game and I believe a hacked version of FireRed. I saw it at a video game store.
    I have owned two fake LeafGreen, both with different cases. One had a grey case and with a similar sticker to the official release. The second with a green cases, but the sticker had both the main characters on it and said Pocket Monsters on it (which I am still looking for a picture of). Both were half translated into Engrish and Chinese. Same with a FireRed. I done own them anymore though.

    There really needs to be one of these threads for Fake DS games as well. I don't know if they are that common, but my boyfriend bought me a Pokemon Platinum on Ebay and we ended with two, which were both fake. They both were in like milky white cases, with clearly printed out box art, the manual was real though. Both games had serious problems. One when you shuck it, you could hear something in it. That one didn't save. The second one took forever to load up, took forever to save, and might drop the save. It also didn't work on a DSi.
    The first one when I opened it up a small chip fell out. I would assume that chip was for the save file.
    The second one had totally different hardware from the first one.
    So two fake Pokemon Platinum, two different hardware, both broken.
    But at least the manuals were real!


    Edit: I found this site that could help
    http://www.cheapassg...g_trading_guide


    None of those pictures are actually my pictures, I don't have a camera nor the games anymore, but they are the same as the ones I got off ebay.
     
  9. Luigi2012SM64DS

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    You also replyed to a month old post.
     
  10. loco365
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    I've been wanting to get my hands on fake DS games, actually, but I don't have the money to buy them, nor would I know where to start looking for them.

    I do have someone sending me 2 more fake GBA games (Naranja and Quartz) in the mail soon, though. I'll be cracking them open, profiling them, getting gameplay photos, card photos, and adding them to my fakes wiki.

    @Luigi2012SM64DS It's my own thread though ;____;
     
  11. Lilith Valentine

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    I am going to post pictures if I can find some. I found some of the fake LeafGreen I mentioned.

    I would send you my fake games, but I already took them apart and trashed them years ago.

    The best place to start looking for fakes is Ebay. I always get fake games there.
     
  12. loco365
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    True that is, hopefully no one will know that they are actually fake and start paying insane prices. I have seen the obvious fakes that are like 50-in-1 or 100-in-1 games, but those are a little too obvious.

    Edit: To anyone that wishes to send me photos of fakes, read this post on PokéCascade forums regarding what photos I will require, it's okay if you don't have all of them, but the more there are, the better it will be.
     
  13. Lilith Valentine

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    I have heard those are often just flashcards too :unsure:

    Also I am editing my post with some links that might be helpful ^_^
     
  14. indask8

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    Look at the Flag...
    Most of time those 100 in 1 are just pocketnes with 50 or 100 nes games, I saw some videos on youtube where some guy actually got a cartridge featuring 2-4 real gba games + 50 nes games.. .
     
  15. GameWinner

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    I had a fake Pokemon Emerald years back. Brought it from Gamestop.
    It wouldn't even start up on my GBA! Had to throw it out.
    It makes you think once GBA become the new NES (the games will be incredibly rare and expensive) more people will start posting these games and get free money.
     
  16. pyromaniac123

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    All the main pokemon games on the gba have metallic labels. If it's plain glossy then it's fake.
     
  17. loco365
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    Or if they say "This game can be played" when you start them up.
     
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    And if you transfer the pokemon from the gba cart to a ds game like diamond, the save will get deleted.
     
  19. qlum

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    another way to look for fake games is to google the id you seen in the bottom right in the front of the game card. for example the ID of Metroid: Zero Mission is AGB-BMXE-USA naturally the EU version is AGB-BMXE-EUR and the japanese version is AGB-BMXE-JPN however this fake on ebay http://www.ebay.com/...=item3a77a93887 has the ID AGB-AMRE-USA if you google on that name you end up finding Motocross Maniacs Advance this is obviously a fake. K it may have been a bit obvious with the logo, the real logo is dark and does not show samus.
     
  20. loco365
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    Yeah. They seem to have bootleg checks to verify the legitimacy of the card. iirc there are patches for Diamond and Pearl's NDS images that disable that feature and allow bootlegs/flashcard copies to communicate with the DS games and not have their save games nuked.

    I think that some of the GBA Pokemon games also delete their save games upon beating the Pokemon League as well.
     
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