How to Avoid Fake Nintendo Games

Posted by Steven Collier on Jan. 24th, 2016

"What's Wrong with This Picture?" and eight different NES games

If you follow our social media, you may have seen me use the term "Repro" to describe video game cartridges and labels. "Repro" is just an abbreviation of the word "Reproduction." When I use the term, it means just that: reproductions of original game cartridges and labels.

With modern digital wizardry, and the right equipment it's actually pretty easy to manufacture knock-off Nintendo games from the comfort of your own home. And, if it stayed in the creator's home there'd be no problem. Unfortunately in the last few years, the market has seen an enormous influx of bootleg games, that try to pass themselves off as originals. Now, if you find yourself wondering "Where's the harm in that?," let me ask you a question:

If you paid $1,000 dollars for pristine copy of an original 1964 vinyl of "Can't Buy Me Love," and someone mailed you a CD, wouldn't you be a little upset?
Various game manuals, i.e., The Flintstones, Bubble Bubble, and more.
It doesn't matter that the content is effectively the same, collectors want to own the original artifact because there's a history to it. Trying to fool people into believing your reproduction is the real deal, is just a callous way of tricking folk out of their money.

Now unfortunately, there are a lot of ways to make a repro game. Some of them are a lot more convincing than others. But, as a general rule: if you find a deal that's too good to be true, it probably is.

DKOldies has seen its fair share of repros, and at this point we're experts on figuring out what is the real McCoy. When you buy from us, you are guaranteed to receive the original game. But, if you think you may have been scammed by someone else, feel free to contact us. Our trained repair technicians and testers can spot a fake from a mile away.

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