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03 March 2011 @ 08:18 pm
Old School Games.  
I'm very new to Pokemon - I couldn't even afford the card game when I was little! So I've finally got myself an old GBA and started playing, and having had all the fun I can out of Leaf Green, I was thinking I would start playing Emerald. However, looking on Ebay I've seen sooo many different fakes that I'm not even sure what the real cartridge looks like!
Can anybody link me to a page showing all the genuine cartridges? I've been looking on Google but all I get are links to Ebay and Yahoo questions pages.

Thanks guys!
After watching the super useful video linked to me in the comments, I can now tell that there is NOT ONE genuine copy on Ebay! Buying new from Nintendo (via Amazon) is $200, and the used ones don't include a picture!
Current Location: Australia, Brisbane
Current Mood: aggravatedaggravated
emma bofemmagl4x on March 3rd, 2011 11:01 am (UTC)

Found this, might be helpful :3
sockdrawerdemonsockdrawerdemon on March 3rd, 2011 11:48 am (UTC)
Thanks so much! Now I realise that the super cheap Ruby I bid on was cheap for a reason. D:
Gah, well the hunt for a genuine game starts again!
Mia (Mariah): ☆ sleepingbeauty ☆ Fashion Iconmapping_stars on March 3rd, 2011 12:32 pm (UTC)
Have you tried a game store like Gamestop? D: It sounds like that will be your best bet because that's INSANE.
Meganity: swabluhalfpastfish on March 3rd, 2011 12:43 pm (UTC)
I know some people who have bought fakes from GameSpot as well, so make sure you are vigilant here too.
sockdrawerdemonsockdrawerdemon on March 3rd, 2011 12:46 pm (UTC)
The only store I know of that sells GBA games at all is a 2 hour drive away.. and they want $AU65 per game! But I suppose it is the only way.
I'll ask some friends if they know any stores in this city first, fingers crossed haha
[ alonewithtime ] . [ nikki ]alonewithtime on March 4th, 2011 12:15 am (UTC)
But at least with Gamestop you can return the game, or exchange it for another copy within a certain amount of time.
Mia (Mariah): ☆ pokemon ☆ Latismapping_stars on March 4th, 2011 12:54 am (UTC)
This is true, I got a fake Phantom Hourglass there once, but at least at my Gamestop you have a time period of about two weeks to return the game, no questions asked, if you're even the slightest bit suspicious. They took the game back and got me a suitable replacement. I was chatting with the worker and he said that they try really hard to double check the games, ESPECIALLY the Pokemon ones since they know that the bootlegs are pretty common.
marukyuumarukyuu on March 3rd, 2011 12:47 pm (UTC)
you're better off looking for someone via LJ or some other site who wants to sell theirs. thats how i got a legit copy of ruby!
sockdrawerdemonsockdrawerdemon on March 3rd, 2011 12:50 pm (UTC)
Most people don't really want to ship internationally though, and I'm in Australia.
marukyuumarukyuu on March 3rd, 2011 01:04 pm (UTC)
..Which is something I will never understand. Assuming a buyer takes responsibility for it if it gets lost, there should be no problem. sigh. But i feel your pain, no one every wants to ship to me either, im in Japan. @__@
firebrand164: Pokemonfirebrand164 on March 3rd, 2011 01:18 pm (UTC)
Does this one look okay to you? It's on eBay.co.uk but they ship to Australia - according to Google's currency conversion, it'd be about 50 AUD including postage.
tonko_ni: Pokemon: Snorlaxtonko on March 3rd, 2011 02:37 pm (UTC)
Hey, you should also ask/lurk on pkmncollectors. People sometimes sell their old cartridges there, and it's THE most unlikely place to get a bootleg. Well, a bootleg game, at least. Some people have a couple of hilarious bootleg figures (marked as such) in sales post for the lulz.

I've been meaning to inquire if anyone's selling Pearl over there, actually.
Judy K: [Pokemon] COLD ><daughterjudy on March 4th, 2011 12:04 am (UTC)
Second this option as well. I've been a member at pkmncollectors for a year and I love it.
FlameRaven: L ponderflameraven on March 3rd, 2011 02:56 pm (UTC)
I would offer you my game, but all I've got is a Japanese copy of Ruby. :/
☆ BASSIST PRINCESS Emi-chan: Miloticbassistprincess on March 3rd, 2011 03:37 pm (UTC)
hmm... I don't plan on playing my Emerald any more, but the internal battery was dead ever since I got it a little over a year ago at GameStop. even so, I still managed to evolve my Feebas (had to get a Modest/etc one, though) in it, with the berries you get free.

I don't know how to ship stuff, let alone internationally, but I'd be willing to sell it, if I can get a little help with that shipping thing...
TeaRoses: Cyanrosehiptea on March 3rd, 2011 03:38 pm (UTC)
I had no idea of this issue and I bought a used Emerald off eBay. I feel so stupid now. The label was also quite worn (which the seller warned me about) so it's hard to tell what's up with it but it does have numbers imprinted on it as shown in the video.

And my copy does have the numbers he was showing inside the cartridge, and I've successfully used it and imported the Pokemon the original user left on it to HeartGold via Pal Park. There don't seem to be any issues with the save file.

So maybe I got lucky and got a legit copy. I can't imagine why I did though. Now I'm afraid to play it.

(BTW I'm not asking anyone to determine this for me here, as a) it's not anyone's job and b) I have no way to post pics of it. I'm just kind of venting, but I feel really stupid for not knowing about this.)
TeaRoses: Cyanrosehiptea on March 3rd, 2011 03:40 pm (UTC)
(My LeafGreen came from Gamestop. Which apparently is no guarantee but it also seems to check out and work.)
トラカカtorakaka on March 3rd, 2011 03:55 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't be broken up selling you my Ruby version (because personally it's my least favorite gen) if you're interested. I'd sell it for 25$USD.
Meg <3: chrispoutyshorty on March 3rd, 2011 07:35 pm (UTC)
Aww it sucks you can't find a genuine Emerald! I'm in NZ and I bought my genuine Emerald off our version of eBay, TradeMe. I got it without a box or manual or anything, just the cartridge on it's own for about $NZ25. I never knew it was so hard to get a genuine Emerald cartridge o_O
faerie fury: Batman Bruce and Terryfaded_fae on March 3rd, 2011 07:47 pm (UTC)
I have a used Ruby, too, if you want it, but the battery's dead. :(
Judy K: [Pokemon] Pikachu bashed boxesdaughterjudy on March 3rd, 2011 11:58 pm (UTC)
Your best bet for the GBA games is either Gamestop or some other old game store (where they sell old systems and stuff) Even then, the old games go for 30-35 same as the DS games.
apricot: pokemanzapricotsushi on March 4th, 2011 12:26 am (UTC)
I'm in Brisbane, Australia, too!
I buy a lot of stuff from videgames4sale and usually the sellers there are very nice about shipping internationally.
If you ever wanted to purchase things together to save on shipping, I'd be willing to do that too :)
apricotapricotsushi on March 4th, 2011 12:27 am (UTC)
Whoops, that's supposed to be videogames4sale... if it doesn't show up again it's videogames4sale, sorry I'm so incompetent lol
ciliciagorlfriend on March 4th, 2011 02:21 am (UTC)
just wanted to add that nintendo has stated that they're looking to re-release the older games in an app store supposedly analogous to apple's itunes store for the upcoming 3DS :o so if you plan on getting a 3DS you can probably get emerald there
yukismineyukismine on March 4th, 2011 02:39 am (UTC)
I could always buy any older pokemon game you want from the game store in town.
The buy and sell used retro games.
I remember Red/blue/gold/silver/crystal being around $20 or less.
I can check the prices if you'd like :)
sockdrawerdemonsockdrawerdemon on March 4th, 2011 07:04 am (UTC)
In Brisbane town? :O
Whats the name? The one game store I managed to find didn't have any GBA games at all haha, I'm terrible at finding things!
yukismineyukismine on March 4th, 2011 03:37 pm (UTC)
in Whitewater WI :3
I'd have to see what was in stock