Recently we obtained a box of some really Rare Super Nintendo titles. At first glance it was pretty obvious to tell these games where not authentic. Below are points about how to spot these fake/ counterfeit "reproduction" SNES Games.
Their is also a video on the bottom of the page to go along with the article. The game titles in reference are: Chrono Trigger, Earthbound, The Legend of Zelda etc. For large images you can refer to the pinterest page.
Wow! These games hardly had a scratch or blemish to the cartridge shells or labels.
--- I was just amazed at how clean the games look.
--- The front & back labels look pretty new for 25 year old game.
--- The cartridge shell looked practically brand new as well.
--- The Screws used to keep the cartridges close, where not perfectly circular.
--- They where jagged and appeared to be just cut from a manufactored sheet of screws.
Serial Number Stamp
--- If you look inside right above and below where the game pin connector is located. You will see some numbers & Letters, as the
Top Shell has E-27 stamped on it and the bottom shell has B-43 stamped on it.
--- None of the counterfeit games had any serial number markings of any kind.
--- This tip is also an easy identifier for NES, N64, and GBA Games
Game labels / End Label
--- The writing is not clear – “Chrono Trigger was hard to Read” from the video. As you can see by Earthbound Photo below the fake Earthbound game has the font all wrong.
--- Really if you take the time to actually look at a game label you'll pick up on the flaws.
--- Most of the font's on the fake titles where wrong, the print wasn't clear and at times the end label was just hard to read.
The Top Label / Front Label
--- The same thing applies to the front labels as did the end labels.
--- You'll notice front labels are out of focus, the print is not clear.
--- The game rating box was smaller on the counterfeit games.
--- The Players Choice Logo on the legend of Zelda game in the video was Super Small.
--- The End Label for for the same Zelda game was not Correct the actual game doesn’t have “The” typed on the end label.
--- Really if you just look at the details of the label, you can spot the imperfections pretty easily.
Inside the Game Cartridge
--- The easiest and most sure fire way to spot the fakes are the internal board.
--- Just look at the difference in the above photo - the game board was a real & a Fake Chrono Trigger.
--- The actual cartridge board will say a year and Nintendo imprinted on the board. – like Chrono Trigger says 1993 Nintendo on the board (Shown Below).
--- The Card board size - You can also see the game boards differ in size.
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Some lady that owns a couple game stores says if the board has a battery or says somethin rom that they are fake i opened up mine which i have gotten a whole bunch of snes nes sega and etc games in 2005 or 06 so i know they cant be fake. But so many people are saying things different from another online on how to spot a fake game. Ive opened 1 of mine and i noticed each game varies on the board size and etc
The actual cartridge board will say a year and Nintendo imprinted on the board. The boards come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. - Brandon
The game battery doesnt mean its a fake. The battery is for memory and saving a game. Only games that are able to save your gameplay have this.
I had just bought 2 games online - Starfox and Earthbound. Based on the information I got I'm confident my starfox is legit, but my Earthboud is totally counterfeit.