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Naykd
September 13th, 2010, 05:31 PM
Hey guys,

So on the weekend I bought a Pokemon Emerald game off an auction site which claimed that the game is "New". It's currently on it's arrival to my house but I thought I would post up the picture that was used in the auction.

1) Legit or fake?

http://iforce.co.nz/i/cz5a5dkk.png


2) Also, recently I bought another Pokemon Emerald game off a different auction site and the game apparently is a fake:

http://iforce.co.nz/i/vqubvhod.jpg


But the seller wouldn't refund my money until they have received the game from me and "get it checked" - if it's fake then they will refund my money - if it's legit then they won't refund my money. Something tells me that this seller is pretty dodgy. What should I do? I have already made a claim on paypal for it but they now require supporting documents to show that this product is a fake. What would be an easy and good way of going about this? I would like to hear this from someone who have dealt with this before and have been successful in their claim.


HELP GUYS :(


THANKS!!

Alli
September 13th, 2010, 06:37 PM
Box looks legit, and compared to my copy of Emerald, the cart looks legit. The sticker does shimmer though, right?

Electric Totodile
September 13th, 2010, 07:27 PM
I don't see anything wrong with it. How is it fake?

bayonetta.
September 13th, 2010, 07:30 PM
Look at where the pins on the cart are. Like, look into the little slot. If it says something like (C)Nintendo and then some letters, it's legit. :D

Naykd
September 13th, 2010, 07:57 PM
Box looks legit, and compared to my copy of Emerald, the cart looks legit. The sticker does shimmer though, right?

No the cartridge does not shimmer.

Also when I loaded the game it says "This game can be played".

When I also tried using the Pal Park it deletes the save file on the Emerald - everytime. Thus the Pal Park doesn't work with the cartridge.

Alli
September 13th, 2010, 08:04 PM
With that said, I'm positive it's a fake cart. The sticker should shimmer and be holographic like a Pokemon card. And the game itself shouldn't be doing that. I'll leave this open in case anyone wants to correct me, or has anything else to add. Though with that information, I'm fairly sure it's safe to say that your Emerald is fake.

Naykd
September 13th, 2010, 08:07 PM
With that said, I'm positive it's a fake cart. The sticker should shimmer and be holographic like a Pokemon card. And the game itself shouldn't be doing that. I'll leave this open in case anyone wants to correct me, or has anything else to add. Though with that information, I'm fairly sure it's safe to say that your Emerald is fake.

Ok

But what do you think of 1)? I have yet to receive that one but judging from the box do you think it's legit?

Alli
September 13th, 2010, 08:12 PM
Unfortunately, I don't have my Emerald box to compare with yours. :( But to my recollection, that box you posted looks just like the legit box. But anyone could put a fake cart in the real box, cause what you've said about the game itself really leads me to believe it's fake.

Naykd
September 13th, 2010, 08:17 PM
Yeah I hope it's legit because this one I actually paid half of the original retail price for - it would be a shame if it turns out to be another fake.

I blame these people: http://www.easybizchina.com/product/d370371/pokemon_emerald_video_games.html - they should be brought out to the back and be shot :tired:

pokeman rawr
September 13th, 2010, 10:12 PM
looks fake to me iv bought the game before....

box is diffrent.

Naykd
September 13th, 2010, 10:14 PM
Right so:

It came today

http://iforce.co.nz/i/wdhskn5v.jpg

So far so good..

http://iforce.co.nz/i/f1falnh3.jpg



Hang on a sec..

http://iforce.co.nz/i/qm5d0eby.jpg


Hmm

http://iforce.co.nz/i/hdfqqi1w.jpg

F*#$

http://iforce.co.nz/i/kiny30ye.jpg


I give up..

http://iforce.co.nz/i/2ifpisxn.jpg



Ok so what should I do now?

Team Fail
September 13th, 2010, 10:18 PM
No the cartridge does not shimmer.

Also when I loaded the game it says "This game can be played".

When I also tried using the Pal Park it deletes the save file on the Emerald - everytime. Thus the Pal Park doesn't work with the cartridge.

That is all the proof you need. If you have the money, go but a retail version, and play it to get images to file the claim to PayPal. The games NEVER say "This game can be played." EVER.

Edit: From a pawn shop. Don't shoot me!

curiousnathan
September 14th, 2010, 02:34 AM
Where the game mentions: "The saved file is corrupted.. ect" I've had that same problem. After you save do you remove it from your GBA? Because it always happened when I did so. Check to see if there are nay little chips left. In my one, one was missing.

rndm.
September 14th, 2010, 03:22 AM
That "the game can be played" message tells you it's fake, like Team Fail said. And I heard the fourth gen games have a way of telling if the GBA game is fake or not. And if it is, using Pal Park corrupts the save.

Naykd
September 14th, 2010, 04:32 AM
Where the game mentions: "The saved file is corrupted.. ect" I've had that same problem. After you save do you remove it from your GBA? Because it always happened when I did so. Check to see if there are nay little chips left. In my one, one was missing.

That "the game can be played" message tells you it's fake, like Team Fail said. And I heard the fourth gen games have a way of telling if the GBA game is fake or not. And if it is, using Pal Park corrupts the save.

Yep I tried saving then removing it then putting it back in again and the save file was still in there. But when I went to do the Pal Park thing it corrupted the save file.

Also, when I went into my Pokemon Pearl game, it had no MIGRATE FROM EMERALD menu item on the main menu like it should be.

blaQk
September 14th, 2010, 04:56 AM
Fake game carts are unfortunately very common. This site (http://boards.ign.com/pokemon/b5012/179503383/r179561744/) will help inform you if you decide to make another purchase.

Alli
September 14th, 2010, 07:07 AM
I wish you had put those pics in spoiler tags. :( Took forever for my crappy connection to load and gave me a lag.

But yeah, basically what Team Fail said. Those pictures are all the proof you need.

Naykd
September 14th, 2010, 01:20 PM
I wish you had put those pics in spoiler tags. :( Took forever for my crappy connection to load and gave me a lag.

But yeah, basically what Team Fail said. Those pictures are all the proof you need.

Sorry I'm still fairly new to this site - but have added the spoiler tags.

One thing I've learned is that on the back of the box if it's a fake game it would say "Seal of Quality" on the same line under "Nintendo" and it's inside an Oval where as the real thing would have "Seal of" and then "Quality" on different lines. Also the circle would have to be round.

Anyway the guy who sold me the game (1) got back to me today and said that he will give me a full refund for the game.

I sent the fake cartridge of (2) however to Nintendo Australia since the ***** who sold me the cartridge isn't cooperating. grr

Wings Don't Cry
September 15th, 2010, 02:29 AM
You live in NZ why don't you just use TradeMe? It's a lot safer and you can easily tell if someone is trust worthy based on their past feedback.

FireForTheWin
September 15th, 2010, 10:42 AM
Another easy way to tell if it's a fake cart is by setting the clock in Emerald. It won't keep the correct time if it is fake. The same thing happened to me. I had the shiny box and everything.
But as others have said you have to be so careful. It's ok if you just want to play through the game but if you want to use PalPark to trade across for previous games your stuck.

liketoys0000
September 16th, 2010, 10:09 PM
it looks legit,you can check as the fireforthewin said

Naykd
September 19th, 2010, 01:21 AM
Well that person returned my money.

I bought the real thing off the auction site today so finally I have both Leaf Green and Emerald that are real.

Rapidash
September 20th, 2010, 10:35 AM
That sucks, Naykd. I think you must have bought yours from the same place as my friend, he had the cartridge that looked legit but the difference was that the sticker on my legit cart was shiny and his wasn't.
He plugged his card into one of my DS' after having played it on his GBA and lo and behold the cartridge corrupted. Shame, he paid about £8 for it too :/

The people who sell these need to be found and shut down ¬.¬

Alli
September 20th, 2010, 11:09 AM
Well, since you got your money back and all, I'll go ahead and close this so it doesn't become spammy.

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