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Game Boy / Strange Striped Carts
« on: April 21, 2021, 03:42:44 PM »
I've seen some strange looking striped carts on Taobao lately, and was wondering if anyone here knows anything about them. They have diagonal cuts along the tops of the carts, sort of like those old Zook Z carts that say "New GB Color" at the top of the cart. I've seen some of these carts that appear to have Li Cheng stickers, but some of them have other stickers that do not look like Li Cheng's work

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Game Boy / GB-A76E Convincing Pirate Carts
« on: March 17, 2021, 11:17:33 PM »
I was checking some of my games and comparing them with photos taken by other people and noticed something. There are a bunch of pirate carts of Vast Fame games that look incredibly similar to the actual mainland China releases of their games. When I say pirate cart, I am referring to copies made without ties to the original creator, with the copy protection edited out. When I say mainland China release I mean carts that have custom boot logos and copy protection that prevents emulation of the game's ROM. On Pepper-98's old blog, she showed a picture with a mainland China release of Digimon Crystal 3 and a pirate cart of Rockman DX3. Notice the rectangular black glob on the top left side of Rockman DX3? Yeah that appears on pirate carts that say "GB-A76E" on the back of their circuit board. I'll include some pictures of pirate carts like that one that I own. Notice how one of those looks pretty much identical to Pepper-98's copy of Digimon Crystal 3, except for the different circuit board. Yeah, thank goodness these things are transparent. That's all, watch out for these pirate carts (unless you want deprotected versions of these games), and happy hunting

Also, according to this dinosaur of a thread these pirate carts have a similar circuit board to the actual Vast Fame multicarts, so maybe they do have some sort of a tie to Vast Fame, but that is just speculation.

Another thought: the multicart versions of Vast Fame's games sometimes have the wrong music, most notably in Digimon Pocket. So does the pirate cart of Digimon 3 Crystal shown in my picture. If the two truly are related as speculated in the thread I previously mentioned, then that means that it is possible more deprotected Vast Fame releases were made by these guys. I know for a fact that Super Fighters Alpha 2001, Super Fighters S, Digimon Saphire, and Pokemon Ruby by Vast Fame all had mainland China releases, so they might have deprotected versions as well.

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Game Boy / Games In the Wrong Game Shell
« on: December 15, 2020, 11:05:14 AM »
Sometimes these old unlicensed games come in the wrong game cartridge shells. Usually they are put in generic grey game shells. One of the few examples of games being misplaced into a different type of shell was Gowin's Stone Age being found in Waixing shells, but that nowadays is just accepted as a proper Waixing release, and not some manufacturing error. Recently on Xianyu (which is a subsection of taobao) I saw a lising for what appears to be the Li Cheng version of Hitek's 仙劍奇緣 in a Gowin shell. Has anyone else here seen games misplaced into Gowin/Vast Fame/Sintax/SKOB shells?

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Game Boy / Tian Cai Xiao Zi
« on: October 19, 2020, 10:31:54 PM »
I remember hearing the name "Tian Cai Xiao Zi" used for some odd company that made hacks of Vast Fame games. Is this one of their games? For that matter, does anyone here know what games they released? I think Taizou dumped a couple of Li Cheng versions of their games

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Discussion Center / Does anyone here know how to buy Indonesian goods?
« on: October 12, 2020, 08:47:02 PM »
I am not sure which board to post this in, so I'll post it here

I was browsing around the various Indonesian shopping websites (tokopedia, bukalapak, etc.) trying to see if my suspicions were right that English-language unlicensed/bootleg games were primarily made for the South East Asian market. I was able to find the "New Game Color Advance" game Digimon Emerald, as well as the English translation of Telefang 2 Power (Pokemon Ruby). These both seem to suggest that my suspicion was correct. There is just one problem...Digimon Emerald is a really rare GBC game, and now I was able to find it on the website that I cannot seem to purchase from. Is anyone here able to buy Indonesian goods? If so, would you like to purchase the copy of Digimon Emerald I saw, or help me purchase it? The game is quite rare, only screenshots of the cartridge have surfaced, not a frame of gameplay footage

Edit: I got some suggestions, and will be sure to post if any of them pan out. Also, I noticed that a relatively new site called "Indoboxasia" popped up, and it seems kinda promising

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The Community / What happened to the rules page?
« on: May 23, 2020, 11:24:08 AM »
On the old site PGC there was a page for rules on the forums, but on this site I can only seem to find the rules for the wiki. Did the rules page get moved or something?

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Game Boy / Makon ID Numbers (WIP)
« on: May 08, 2020, 12:28:43 AM »
Recently, I have decided to start recording IDs for Makon Soft games. I've created a spreadsheet and a file full of pictures proving that the IDs I have provided are correct. I'll attach both to this post. In this spreadsheet two rows have been greyed out: Pokemon Gold 2 and Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. Pokemon Gold 2 I greyed out for being an alternate version of Pokemon Adventure that may not even have a standalone cart release (I have not seen one). The Lord of the Rings game is greyed out since I cannot find any photos proving its existence. I also made cells containing IDs that appear to not be normal Makon Soft IDs lighter. Most of the pictures I have included are not ones I took, I'll also attach a text file that credits their owners.

If you have any photos depicting ID numbers for Makon games that I have not listed, then I would greatly appreciate it if you share them here

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Game Boy / Best Rich's Digimon 6 Link-Up Feature
« on: April 27, 2020, 02:23:31 PM »
I was looking around some old threads and saw one on "Digital Monster 6" by a company called "Best Rich". After getting the cart, I was pretty disappointed in the gameplay, but saw something cool on the old thread. Taizou had found an archived website that gave some info on the cart. Apparently the metal knob at the side of it allows it to communicate with other Digimon related products. Has anyone here been able to test/verify if that is actually something this cart can do?

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Pirate Talk / Games of Unknown Origin
« on: April 23, 2020, 07:57:28 PM »
Recently I have been wondering where the "Emo Demo" game by Sintax came from. I know it is a demo for their Castlevania clone, but I don't remember ever seeing any demo carts for any Bootleg/Unlicensed games. That got me thinking that a thread for asking where some of these old pirate game ROMs came from could be a fun idea. I decided to put this in Pirate talk since there are probably a lot of games that people do not know the origin of for consoles that are not Gameboys.

Note: Yes, I am aware that Taizou once mentioned that the demo likely was made to show off to potential business partners. I am just using it as an example because much of its origin is still pretty mysterious (like whether or not a cart of it exists, what the cart looks like if it does exist, and whether or not more Sintax demo games exist)

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Game Boy / Oneself Play BBD Carts
« on: March 28, 2020, 08:26:18 PM »
I got a cartridge for the English version of "Digimon 2001" by "BBD" not too long ago and saw that the label says "by oneself play". I did a little digging and saw that someone was selling what appears to be "Mark of the Wolves" by "BBD" with the same "by oneself play" sign. It was a bit harder to tell on that one though, since the seller took the picture with really bad resolution. When I load "Digimon 2001" it boots with a "BBD" logo and the cart looks like it predates any dump of the game, so I think that these "oneself play" guys must have had some sort of contact with "BBD" (oneself play is probably just an alias for "BBD"). I was wondering if anyone else here has seen carts with this same sign. So far I have only seen "BBD" games with it, but it seems possible to me that these guys may have released other games in these carts. I'll include pictures of the carts I mentioned previously.

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Game Boy dumps / 瓜瓜龍's Games
« on: March 16, 2020, 09:30:34 PM »
I have decided to take down my Overdumps and to instead just post IPS files that will give you the ROMs in the correct size since 8MB files take up space. I'll include a readme that will tell you what you need to patch over. I'll also include a couple of IPS patches for Telefang that I posted on Tulunk Village but forgot to post here. If you want to post pre-patched ROMs for any of these games then I will not stop you

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Game Boy / A Bunch of Li Cheng games ID'ed
« on: March 02, 2020, 06:01:40 PM »
I recently found a Taobao listing that had a ton of unidentified Li Cheng games (almost all of them with IDs between CBA001 to CBA174), with screenshots of what the games are. Some of the games they show off are pretty neat. One that made me especially intrigued was "Rockman DX8" which according to the Pirated Games Museum page is supposed to be Sintax's Zook Hero 3. It isn't. It is Zook Hero Z (the first one). The picture of Zook Z shows English text. They also appear to have a Pokemon game with edited sprites for all the Pokemon, and a few re-releases of Gowin games. The seller also has some listings for Li Cheng's Mega Drive games, but I do not really play Mega Drive much. I'll attach a pdf copy of the listing, since I know these sorts of things tend to go down over time.

Note: I used Microsoft print to pdf, which messed up the how the pdf looks. You can still see some of the games on it (a few were cut off).

Here is a link to the page. It redirects if you are not located in China, but you can halt the redirect by using incognito mode on Firefox, or quickly downloading the webpage as an html before the redirect.

https://item.taobao.com/item.htm?spm=a230r.1.14.106.1a331b15AfSBKV&id=563443710012&ns=1&abbucket=6#detail

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Game Boy / Waixing GBC Game List
« on: February 12, 2020, 01:00:05 PM »
I was searching on Taobao earlier today and saw that someone had listed what appears to be most (if not all) of Waixing's GBC releases. I figured I'd at least post the pictures from it, just in case anyone wanted to start collecting these and needed a game list.

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Discussion Center / A Neat Little Website
« on: February 02, 2020, 11:12:35 AM »
A while back I came across a neat little website called Skywaypro that had some unlicensed games for sale. They mainly sell Neo Geo stuff, but they have some gbc games in the other consoles section. I went ahead and bought a couple of their cheaper gbc games (mostly unlicensed fighting games) and they shipped them reasonably quickly. The stuff listed under Other Consoles has some stuff that I think is decently priced, but their special items section is pretty expensive. I'll leave a link to their website if anyone is interested.

http://skywaypro.bravehost.com/otherconsoles.html

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Game Boy / Gowin English Game Distributor
« on: January 03, 2019, 03:18:55 PM »
Not too long ago I saw an article on a website called Worthplaying.com. They described a company called Crystal Interactive that once
sold English Gowin games. They left a link for the site, but the last time they were active appears to be early 2002.

Here's a link to the Worthplaying post
https://worthplaying.com/article/2002/1/29/news/2112/

And here's one to an archived version of Crystal Interactive's site
https://web.archive.org/web/20020804194749/http://www.crystal-interactive.com:80/console/gameboy/index.html

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