How to tell if N64 game is Authentic or a Bootleg Video Game

With retro video game cartridges, selling at an all-time high.  People are going to make bootlegs and try and sell them as the real thing. With an expensive game selling for 1400 dollars. Like the Nintendo 64 repro cart shown in the images, of Clay fighter Sculptors Cut. 

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How to tell if SNES Game is Authentic or a Bootleg Game Cart

Recently we obtained a handful of games.  These were some really rare Super Nintendo titles, that someone was trying to sell to me as legit copies. At first glance, it was pretty obvious to tell none of these were an authentic game. Below are points about how to spot counterfeit cartridges for the Super Nintendo.  The games are also commonly referred to as "fake", "reproduction" or "bootleg video games". We also have a YouTube video if you'd rather watch than read about the topic. The game titles in reference are: Chrono Trigger, Earthbound,  and The Legend of Zelda etc. For larger images, you can refer to the pinterest page.  Now keep in mind, I'm writing this article because someone is trying to sell me bootleg cartridges as the real thing.  I have no problem if you buy reproduction games for your collection, but selling bootlegs as the real thing is where...

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Ten of the Best SNES Role Playing Games

Today, we are going to take a look at the Best SNES Role Playing Games from the Super Nintendo stable. At The Old School Game Vault, we are fond of RPGs and it would make us happy if you the reader can discover some of the games that gave us so many happy memories growing up.

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10 of The best NES RPGs Ranked - The Old School Game Vault

For those of us who were young when the Nintendo Entertainment System first hit markets, it represents a childhood filled with countless gaming memories. Finally beating the last level on Super Mario Bros, giggling maniacally as we shot down ducks in Duck Hunt and nearly tossing the controller after a single bullet grazed my leg and killed me in contra.

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What Are The Expansion Ports Under A NES And N64 Used For?

These days, game systems come with all kinds of auxiliary ports—USB, HDMI, Ethernet, Optical Audio, and more. These ports are used for logging in online, connecting digital cameras, and everything in between.

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The Best Sega Genesis RPGs / Role Playing Games to Play

There’s nothing quite like a good RPG game to transport you into a world of swords-and-sorcery, foul creatures and great heroes, and make you feel like you’re part of a great adventure to save the world. That’s all we wanted to do as kids, right? (Some of us still hope to find a portal that takes us into a world where we are axe-wielding warriors tasked with saving the realm, on a pet dinosaur) Today, we are going to take a look at the best Sega genesis RPG games. One of the strengths of the Sega Genesis console, has to be the library of games, which we talk about in another article.  It really had a little something for everyone, but today it's about RPGS.  So put on your armor and pick up your weapon, and let’s run through some of the best old Sega games ever made.  If you are interested...

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The Complete Original Nintendo NES Label / Seal Guide

The late 1970s saw the release of the Atari 2600 and the rise of the home gaming console. But by the early 1980s, it crashed and burned. This was due mostly to gamers’ frustration at sub-par games (“E.T. The Extra Terrestrial,” anyone?). The sentiment effectively killed the home-console market.

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Best PS1 Fighting Games! Our Toughest All-Time Titles

The Best PS1 Fighting Games!

Best PS1 fighting games, so whether you’re throwing a hadouken from the other end of the screen or exchanging roundhouse kicks and fists at close range, there’s something about the mano-a-mano combat that fighting games deliver that is incredibly intense, challenging and fun at the same time.  

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Retro Console Wars - The Sega Saturn vs DreamCast?

Console Wars: The Sega Saturn and the Sega Dreamcast were two machines that enjoyed as many similarities as they did stark differences. One system marked the end of the 90s gaming era, and the other ushered in the much-heralded 6th-generation of consoles that defined the new millennium. And while both were manufactured by Sega, both were also responsible for hastening that company’s demise. But despite being regarded as failures at the time, their reputations have only improved in the intervening years. A Reddit thread on the subject of the Sega Dreamcast was a veritable love-in, and some Sega Saturn games, like “Panzer Dragoon Saga,” are so in-demand that they fetch hundreds of dollars on the retro game market. This all begs the question, which is the better machine? Like anything, much of it depends on personal preference. But here’s how the two systems stack up according to certain criteria important to...

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The Best NES Shooters or Best NES Shmups List

Kids dream about all kinds of things, but one of the dreams I’m pretty sure you and I shared as children was about being a badass fighter pilot. How cool would it be if we could explore the final frontier in a cool ship with lots of blasters and turrets and liberate planets by shooting bad guys in the face? 

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The Variations & Reasoning of Nintendo NES Cartridge Screws

In 1986, Nintendo released the Nintendo Entertainment System in North America, changing the entertainment industry forever. It was immediately so popular that people trampled strangers in department stores just to get one before it sold out. This trend continued as Nintendo and third-party programmers released one hit NES game after another. Given all this hoopla, would anyone notice or care that the number of NES cartridge screws changed from 5 to 3? Nintendo didn’t think so. They just stopped producing 5-screw NES games and adopted the new 3-screw format without any explanation. Obviously, they forgot that 100% of their core demographic are obsessive geeks (like us). And geeks notice details, especially when the items in question become rare, retro collectibles. So, why the big (or rather, hardly noticeable) change? And why all the secrecy? Furthermore, does it even matter? Actually, it matters more than you’d think. Read on to learn why.  ...

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The Myth and Rarity Behind Blockbuster Exclusive Video Games

The newer generation of gamers may not remember Blockbuster Video. However, for those of us of a certain age, the rental behemoth is almost impossible to forget. There was a time about 20 years ago when Blockbuster was as ubiquitous as McDonald's.

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The Best Retro Horror Video Games

At the OSGV, we are huge fans of two things – retro games and horror.

Which is why it should come as absolutely no surprise that some of our favorite games of all time are horror games!
Today, we are going to take a look back at some horror gaming classics.  Don't miss out on our picks for some of the best games to play on Halloweeen.

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Do it! Why you need to Buy an Original Nintendo NES Console

The reasons to buy Original Nintendo NES Console.  I just bought this retro bad boy for my wife and myself the other day.  Sure, I saw plenty of bootleg mini-nintendo consoles for a heck of a lot cheaper, but I don’t support buying any reproduction video game or video game console for that matter.  

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The Six Best X-Men Video Games You Gotta Play!

The Best X-Men Video Games to Play.

The stars have aligned. The pleas of a legion of devoted, entertainment-starved fanbase have reached the heavens and changed the order of things.

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How to Use Keywords to Sell Video Games on Our Website

The main focal point of this video [Shown Below] is to introduce you to using keywords. Using identifiable keywords to sell your games will speed up the selling process on our website. The best practice is to search for the games and type the title of the game out as listed on the game or case.

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Here is our Picks for: The Best Super Mario Games of the 1990's

Few gaming franchises have established as much of a legacy and a permanent spot in the gaming pantheon as the adventures of Mario and his cast of lovable characters. Today, we’ll be taking a look at a crucial decade for the Mario franchise – the 90s – and count down the best games the franchise released in these 10 years. 
Let’s begin.

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Castlevania NES Review, The Original Retro Nintendo Game

Nintendo NES Castlevania Review

There are portions of Castlevania that will defeat you. Portions that will make you look back mournfully over your life and the decisions that led you up to this point – your 17th straight death courtesy the Medusa heads.

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Best PS1 RPG Games, You Got to Play Today!

The best PS1 RPG Games or Role Playing games, the library had some of the most memorable RPG games in history. Beautiful graphics, complex narratives and a wealth of content to explore were hallmarks of several of the genre’s classics that came out on the PS1.

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Indiana Jones and The Infernal Machine Review, Nintendo 64

When the first Tomb Raider game came out, a lot of gamers were of the opinion that the developer's Core Design essentially created a game out of the Indiana Jones movie franchise and put Lara Croft in place of everyone’s favorite whip-cracking adventurer. This game also joins the list of rare Blockbuster Exclusive video games, which we wrote an awesome article about.

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