Makar 1,886 Member · Posted September 8, 2020 Share Posted September 8, 2020 (edited) Fake DS Games. They're a huge problem, almost as bad as fake GBA games. Every popular DS game has been faked, and most of the expensive titles have been faked too. This guide is meant to show you the difference between fake and real authentic Nintendo DS games and how to spot these differences. Here's an example of an authentic and fake Digimon World DS game. The real one is on the left. Fake one is on the right. REAL DIGIMON WORLD DS FRONT AND BACK: FAKE DIGIMON WORLD DS FRONT AND BACK: SIDE BY SIDE OF THE REAL AND FAKE DIGIMON WORLD DS GAMES. REAL ON LEFT: MORE FAKE DS GAMES: FAKE SUPER ROBOT TAISEN OG SAGA AND AGE OF EMPIRES MYTHOLOGIES: HOW TO SPOT FAKE VS REAL DS GAMES: You'll notice several things. The artwork in the case might be slightly off. The front sticker of the games themselves might be off. The backs of the games are always off. Unfortunately, scammers have gotten great at faking DS game cases and labels. Always be careful buying sealed DS games. Ask where the buyer bought them from. No matter how good scammers get, one thing that's still always wrong with DS games is the back. The front of the Digimon World DS game says NTR-ADNE-USA. The back of the authentic one says ADNEN0J13. The back of the fake one says CP3EN0J09. The first 4 characters on the back MUST match the first 4 characters on the front of the cart, otherwise it's fake. This method applies to North American, PAL, and Japanese DS games (not sure about other regions, but it probably applies to them too). All 3 of my fake games have the same serial number thing on the back which says CP3EN0J09. I suspect this is the given serial for the mass produced fake carts. There may be other fake serials for fake carts besides this one. Just match the characters on the front to the back to be sure. Another way to spot fakes is the NTR-005 part. It's hard to tell but it's just off on the fake carts. Not placed correctly, it's bigger, and raised more. It's easier to see when you do a side by side comparison with a legit cart. Not to sound xenophobic, but if you are buying DS games or really any game for that matter online and it's from China, it is 99.99999% a fake game you're buying. One more thing, I've noticed a lot of fake sealed Pokemon games lately. Luckily they're easy to spot. If you see a Pokemon game with the Nintendo label repeating across the middle, it's fake. REAL SEALED POKEMON DIAMOND: FAKE SEALED POKEMON DIAMOND: POKEMON AND INFRARED GAMES ONLY: There is a very simple way to determine if your Pokemon HeartGold, SoulSilver, Black, White, Black 2, or White 2 is fake. All of the legit carts of these are black in color, not gray. If your HeartGold, SoulSilver, Black, White, Black 2, or White 2 is gray, its fake. *NOTE: The legit Pokemon diamond, pearl, and platinum are all gray, not black* If you don't have a gray DS cart nearby to use as a reference or you're not sure, shine a flashlight onto your cart. The legit carts are actually a see through red (which looks black when you don't have a light shining on it). If it doesn't appear see through red, then it's a gray cart. As mentioned by @sceptios, there are indeed a couple other black (really see through red infrared games that this check will work on too. See that list here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nintendo_game_card#Infrared_support) Gray legit Pokemon platinum and black legit SoulSilver and Black 2 below: THE RECTANGLE ON TOP METHOD PER @tidaldreams This is another method to spot fakes. On the top of every legit DS cart is a rectangle. The size can vary from cart to cart but that's okay, a different size doesn't mean it's fake. If a DS cart DOES NOT have any rectangle on the top, then it's fake. This method applies to North American, PAL, and Japanese DS games (not sure about other regions, but it probably applies to them too). Here are some pictures showing the rectangle: The three on the left are all fake. Three on the right are all legit. 12/23/2021 update unfortunately they’re getting better at faking DS games. This is a real Pokémon platinum game. this is a fake Pokémon platinum notice that they both start with CPUE on the back. That used to be a quick way to spot DS fakes but they’ve figured that part out. What they still get wrong is the placement of the numbers and letters in black. On authentic DS games this part is always above that little rectangle I circled on the right side. On fake cartridges the black numbers and letters are on the same line as the rectangle I circled. Hopefully that helps! If you have any questions, feel free to ask. Edited December 24, 2021 by Makar 4 7 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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