Can anyone spot what's special about these GBA carts below ??
Hint, it's not that they're NTSC
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So, it's that they're counterfeit carts .
These are some of the best that I have seen to date. Usually I can spot them pretty quickly but these ones did me.
I bought them in a bundle with a few other bits and pieces, so I didn't really spend to much time looking at them and the advert was online.
When I picked them up, I was still convinced, not that I spent a lot of time inspecting everything but they still seemed kosher in the hand.
It was only when I got home and was giving them a quick clean, that I though the label on Minsih cap didn't have the film over the top of it and didn't dry properly after a quick flirt with a wet wipe.
I then had a quick peak at the board from the bottom of the cart and suddenly realised that I had maybe been duped when I couldn't see a Nintendo logo.
I then quickly grabbed my Nintendo tool and from there on, everything I did with the cart confirmed my suspicions.
The screw was unusually loose, the clasp and slide mechanism of how GBA cart clip together was off, then the final nail was a super moody looking board .
After closer inspection of the rest of the bundle, three of the ten carts were fake, sadly, the biggest titles were making it a bit of a bad deal (for me).
Oddly however, the carts will boot on my GBA-Micro but not on my GBA-SP.
Here's the killer board.
Here is a legit GBA board and what they usually look like .
So yeah, no real damage done apart from me not having these games in my collection anymore. I now want these even more though.
These are the best fakes I have ever come across, proven by the fact that I fell for it I suppose.
Always, look up the skirt of the cart and check for a visible Nintendo mark - something I knew and often do but still managed to forget and get swindled !!!