There are many Counterfeit Pokemon games and I want to teach you how to watch out for them so that you don’t get ripped off.
Not only are the counterfeit games illegal, but they are also missing key features. The counterfeit Pokemon SoulSilver and HeartGold games on the bottom are grey and do not have the Infrared sensor and without it there is no way to connect the Pokewalker to the game, taking out one of the best parts of the game. The authentic ones pictured above are translucent black and includes the infrared sensor. The text font is also incorrect on counterfeit games.
The most obvious flaw in the counterfeit Pokemon Diamond and Pearl games pictured on the bottom appear darker than the authentic ones. Pearl is pretty distinct missing almost all of the red hue that the real one above has.
Be sure if you are purchasing a Brand New, Factory Sealed Pokemon game for the Nintendo DS that it has the Y fold like the Pokemon White Version 2 game pictured below:
Pokemon games on the Nintendo DS that do not have the Y fold seal are either counterfeit or have been resealed (Which means at the very least that the package has been previously opened.)
If you are looking at the same game but it has a different front label (Such as a Pokemon Diamond Cartridge having an image of Dialga on the label) that ends in USA I would suspect it to be counterfeit since the Authentic Pokemon games only have one label style that never changes.
Counterfeit Pokemon games will also have the following disclaimers “Only works on Nintendo DS, DS lite” “Does not work on DSi or 3DS” Authentic Pokemon games made on the Nintendo DS work on the DS, DS lite, DSi, DSi XL, 2DS, 3DS and the 3DS xl. You can always ask the seller if the game works on the 2DS and if they say it does not, just move on to the next one.
Even the counterfeit cases look much different from the authentic ones. Pokemon Diamond/Pearl/Platinum cases will appear shiny/holographic where the counterfeit ones will regularly have no holographic shine to them.
The easiest way to spot counterfeit Pokemon games for the Nintendo Game Boy Advance is to check out this official list of games: Pokemon Ruby, Sapphire, Fire Red, Leaf Green, Emerald, Pinball, Pinball: Ruby and Sapphire and Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team.
If the Pokemon game is for the GBA and is not on this list then it is counterfeit.
These are the known fake Pokemon games for the GBA: Pokemon Chaos Black, Quartz, Darkcry, Arcois, Naranja, Blue Sea and Lugias Ocean.
These fake/counterfeit games are known to have: harsh language, downgraded graphics and glitchy gameplay, which makes some of them downright unplayable.
If you find any of these fake/counterfeit Pokemon games on eBay, please do the follow:
1. “Report Item” and under Report Category select “Counterfeit and trademark”
2. Under Reason for Report select “Counterfeit item or authenticity disclaimer”
3. Underneath Detailed Reason select “Counterfeit, fake, or replica items”
Now everyone can enjoy high quality/fully functional Authentic Pokemon games! =]
Side note: Since you have read through the various ways of spotting counterfeit Pokemon games you now qualify to trade in your legit games to us for cash. Just read these condition guidelines and you will be ready to trade in your older Pokemon games that you don’t use anymore.
I also sell Authentic Pokemon games at my eBay shop MintyFreshGames!