Hardware GBA Question About Bootlegs - Sort of Big Cart

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Reposting this from Reddit:

I recently bought a bundle of the 3 GBA Castlevania games. The listing didn’t advertise them as bootlegs, but I’m not necessarily against bootlegs. Only problem, and I’m not sure if it’s a problem, is that the carts are a little big. They fit in my gba and play fine, but the top sticks out a little, whereas legit carts are about even with the top of the system. I read online that bootleg carts that are a little too big like this can damage your system. Anyone know if this is true?
 

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Hmm. Most repros/bootlegs usually manage to be the same size -- there were some flash carts that exceeded the GBA size but repros have typically managed to be the same size (certainly not seen it noted in any of the "repro or not"/"can I overwrite"/... threads).

Anyway few ways it might damage things
1) Circuitry drives things harder or in odd ways (which could include software, though that would be rare for a repro or hack) and damages things accordingly. Without testing or seeing (assuming there is even something to see there -- lots of things are nice epoxy blob) can't say much there.
2) Sticking out the top induces some odd forces (I assume you have seen a phone or laptop charger be tweaked and not work accordingly, same idea). However it would have to be some mechanical force.
3) If it is too thick then it might put more force on the spring pins or slot itself.
 

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