my leafgreen looks like it has a bootleg chip (just some research)

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  1. migles
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    my dad works for nintendo.
    i dissembled my leaf green to find the save memory is not a mx chip like all the other ones.
    i was expecting either some MX or samsung memory however this thing doesn't even have a brand...
    this cartridge is not fake, (note the rest of the board, it's the real deal) it is european (originally from netherlands, it had a dutch box)
    all the other cartridges in the picture are american except for sapphire which is also european (i noticed that other than a different sticker, there is no difference...)

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    if you see closely, the board of leafgreen was printed with the size of that chip into account (not sure of the others also has the "stripes" behind their chips...

    i am wondering.. is this a repaired\refurbished cartridge or is one of the later cheaper production batches?
    the game is the 1.1 version btw (there exist 2 english versions)
    can soneone iddentify the brand and if this thing is actually reliable or is some chinese knock off chip?
     
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    Googling the serial number on the chip brings me to some Japanese blog of someone who also takes a look at carts, but the Google translation was too shoddy to make out anything concrete. The most I could find was that they assumed it was made from MX, but was just a later reproduction.

    Other than that, I found absolutely nothing about it anywhere. I've checked some of the more popular fakes, and none of them appear to be the same as far as I can tell.
     
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    Edit. Nevermind.
     
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    I'm going with it being a later production run, and whoever made the chip was able to shrink it down to save on raw materials.
     
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    hu?

    the 3 top ones are emerald saphira and ruby, they do have a battery for RTC..
    my leaf green doesn't (and didn't) have a battery.. and look at the pcb, i am sure they are all genuine..

    could you explain more?

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    thanks tom, i just searched on google at random and found a cart that looked like mine which this blog talks about theese being latter production
    https://chieftain20.wordpress.com/2014/05/17/complete-guide-to-authentic-gba-pokemon-games/
     
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    I was under the impression that typically bootlegs of these games try to look American. You're safer with Europe and Australia ones.
     
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    definitely not fake. that's just a reprint using smaller chip to save on production costs. It's probably a player's choice print of the game.
     
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    I don't remember where I stumbled on one of those before, but I can tell you that a collector was able to confirm this was a real cartridge.
    He had purchased it new and still had the box it came in.

    I have also seen this type of chip on other GBA games I opened, and I can assure you those were originals.
    Also this cartridge has no usual tell of being a bootleg, one of the most damning tells is when you start the game, a bootleg will say something along the lines of "The save file can be played", whereas a real game will not say anything unless you turned it off while it was saving.