How to identify fake GBA carts

How to identify fake GBA carts

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A green border around an image means the image you are looking at is an actual cart

A red border around an image means the image you are looking at is a fake cart

1. All GBA carts have inprinted numbers on the cart. Most are on the right side.

this cart has '00' printed on the side

you can see '41B' printed just above the seal of quality

2. The inside of the connector pins should say nintendo

3. The ESRB logo should be thick

note: if the game is not from the US disregard this step

THE FOLLOWING GAME IS FAKE

you can tell that game is fake because the 'E' logo is skinny

4. 'Nintendo' logo on the back

Many fake carts have the wrong font. The real nintendo logo is thick.

THE FOLLOWING GAME IS FAKE

This cart is fake because nintendo is spelled wrong.

5. 'Licenced by Nintendo' on nintendo owned games

THE FOLLOWING GAME IS FAKE

this cart says 'licenced by nintendo'. This game is in the mario franchise which is owned by nintendo. Nintendo has no need to licence it to themselves

6. Misspelling

THE FOLLOWING GAME IS FAKE

This cart says 'LICFINSED by nintendo'

7. Region Codes

Look at your cart it should say something like 'AGB-XXXX-YYY' where XXXX is letters and numbers. And YYY is the region code. If your region code is 'USA' you will have an ESRB 'E' logo on your cart. If your region code is 'EUR' you will have a 'CE' logo on your cart

this cart says 'EUR' and has the 'CE' logo it is real

this cart says 'USA' and has the 'E' logo it is real

8. Wrong 'Gameboy Advance' logo

THE FOLLOWING GAME IS FAKE

Conclusion

If any of these things don't apply to you, you have a fake cart

When buying games from people online always get them to send in pictures of every angle to make sure the cart you are getting is real



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