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Expert Tips, For Spotting Counterfeit Pokemon Game Boy Advance Games

Fake GBA Pokemon Games

Pokemon video games are one of the more popular series of video games. Pokemon games have been around since the early 1990’s when they made their debut on the GameBoy & Game Boy Color video game console. Since their vast popularity and high sales, pokemon games are very susceptible to counterfeits and fake games.

Now more than ever with the latest craze of Pokemon Go many of these retro games are in high demand.  

Unfortunately many counterfeits are looking more and more like the real thing. Below I've compiled a list of (7) seven points that have helped thousands of gamers make a determination if their pokemon game is legit or a fake copy.   So lets take a look at a few tips to spot a counterfeit pokemon gba games. If you want to view larger images, you can see them on pinterest @ TheOSGVault or make sure to watch the video below.  I do have an article that covers how to detect counterfeit ds pokemon games.

 The Nintendo Seal / Imprinted Numbering:

The Nintendo seal should always be clear and the Nintendo seal print should be very visible and legible. With the fake label, the Nintendo seal has worn off. The label on the fake game does not have a number imprint just above the Nintendo seal. A true Pokemon game will have a number print such as: [11, 08A] etc.  This is probably the quickest way to check for a fake or legit copy is weather or not their is an Imprinted Number.  95% of all the counterfeit games I've encountered don't have the imprinted numbering.  Labels do get worn so you may need angle the cartridge to get a good view of the label.

Front of Game Comparison

The Cartridge Board

For many Game Boy Advance Pokemon games, the cartridge board can be a tell tail sign when looking for counterfeits. A real pokemon game for gba has its internal chips; on the motherboard marked with the lettering “MX”. Where most counterfeit games do not or have Japanese writing on them. (Refer to Photo)

Cartridge Board Comparison

You will also notice in the photo, the font, and font size for the Lettering “Nintendo” is different on each board.

This photo was taken with a real and a fake pokemon emerald. A pokemon emerald always has an internal battery. The battery has been removed, but you can see the solder points for the battery. As you can see the fake game, does not have a battery.

The Back of the cartridge casing:

As you can see the cartridge shell for pokemon emerald is light green. A genuine Nintendo shell, has two square rectangle stamps on the inside of the back cartridge shell. As if you look closely the fake cartridge does not.

Back Pokemon Game

The inside of the front of the cartridge shell:

On legit pokemon games, you will see an imprinted rectangle; this is located just behind the label.  Also to note on the fake pokemon shell see how the label shows thru the shell.

Inside of Game Comparison


Color of the Cartridges:

NTSC pokemon cartridges are colored, Meaning Pokemon Emerald & Leaf Green both have green cartridge shells. Pokemon Saphire has blue cartridge shell, Pokemon Ruby & Fire Read both have a reddish cartridge shells. As you can see from the photo below, based on all the information I’ve presented above you can clearly see the difference in the real and the counterfeit leaf green versions. The only versions that are not colored is Pokemon Mystery Dungeon & Pinball for GBA, as they are grey in color.

Leaf Green Comparison

The outside of the cartridge shell:

Pokemon cartridges will have Nintendo stamped into the back of all Nintendo NTSC cartridges. Look at this and make sure Nintendo is spelled correctly on the back of the cartridge, and do the same on the front of the cartridge. Many of the counterfeit games will have a spelling mistake.

How the game starts up:

GBA pokemon games will all start the game in the same manor. What I mean hear is the game will load up, asking you to press start, then you have the option to view your save profile. On the fake emerald game, the save files are not immediately accessible. The game will ask you if you want to load the save file, which is definitely different from the legitiment copies.

These are just a few of the points to look for with counterfeit pokemon games, is their any missing here? Do you have any tricks to tell if a pokemon game is real or fake? I recently had someone try and sell me a fake game; it really irritated me, so much that I want to share this knowledge with others. Please use the comment section below to further educate ourselves with any experiences you’ve had with this.


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