Learn How to Spot Fake Pokemon Game Boy Advance Games.

Posted by Joey on Aug. 5th, 2016

With Pokemon Go in the news, have you been thinking of buying some old Pokemon Nintendo games? Did you know there are counterfeit GBA games for sale everywhere and that people are spending hundreds of dollars on fake Chinese Game Boy knockoffs? Do you know how to spot them? When you're buying video games off of popular auctions sites or sellers who may not know about this, you need to be aware of fakes and how to identify them. We've put together a few tips that will help you spot the fakes and avoid getting scammed. You can always buy 100% Authentic GBA games here at DKOldies.com.

To identify fake games, there are 3 main areas to look at: the label, the cartridge casing, and the board.

1)The label

The label is usually the best place to start because most fakes can be identified from that alone. You will want to look for the.....

  • label being placed evenly and straight
  • Nintendo Seal present
  • color/saturation
  • clarity/blurriness of words
  • font/size of text and icons
  • holographic quality of the label
  • imprint (GBA games)

2)The cartridge casing

If the label doesn't prove it's a fake, often the plastic cartridge casing can give you clues to its authenticity. Pay special attention to...

  • color of the plastic
  • frostiness of the plastic
  • font of Game Boy Advance imprint on cartridge

3)The board

Sometimes you may not be able to tell from just the label alone. In these cases you may need to open the cartridge and look at the board. Look for...

  • date and 'Nintendo' written on board
  • wires coming out from board

The best way to visualize this is with a few examples. The following pictures should help you point out the differences.

1)Authentic version has 'The Pokemon Company' written out

2)Font for 'Game Boy Advance' imprint is different

3)Background of label is different

4)Imprint on label is not present on fake

5)Nintendo Seal uses different wordingIn this example, the Freestyle fake label is completely different. The 'Game Boy Advance' imprint on the cartridge casing is different too, and there is no Nintendo Seal on the fake.Metal Storm for NES:

Pokemon Sapphire GBA game:

1)The font is different in the game's Rating

2)The background doesn't match

3)The label doesn't fit properly on the cartridge. 

1)Authentic GBA games will have the date and 'Nintendo' written out above the pins in this font.

The best way to avoid being scammed by fake copies is to buy from respectable retailers. At DKOldies, we have been in the retro game business for over 10 years and have experience identifying fake copies. We take the time to inspect each and every game that comes through our door and ensure that nothing but authentic games make it out to our shelves. If you must buy from another source, be sure to either have a legit copy of the game with you to compare against, or save a picture of a legit copy on your phone or camera. 

These tips you can potentially save you hundreds of dollars as prices of Pokemon games in particular have recently gone through the roof. And remember, the more expensive the game, the more likely for there to be fakes.

If you want to avoid all the hassle, and just want a worry-free game buying experience, visit our website at DKOldies.com to shop our huge collection of retro games and systems.

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