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I look around Ebay very often and see a lot of fake Pokemon games going around, where sellers claim them to be rare. I am going to give a few tips on how to spot one, name a few well known ones, and list the genuine ones, yet also explain how just because their name is a genuine game, doesn't mean the cartridge will be legit.

First of all, the well known hacked games are:
 - Pokemon Quartz
 - Pokemon Chaos Black (note the Chaos character from the Sonic games on the cartridge and box)
 - Pocket Monsters Go Go (a hack of a smurfs game)
 - Pokemon Diamond for Game Boy Color (not to get confuesd with Diamond for the DS, as that is legit)
 - Pokemon Jade
 - Pokemon Naranja (has a celebi on the front usually. Naranja is spanish for orange. This game is a hack of the Fire Red and Leaf Green games)
 - Pokemon Shiny Gold for Game Boy Advance (An unofficial remake of gold and silver versions.
 - Pokemon Perla
 - Pokemon Adventure ( A hack of Sonic )
 - Pokemon Luigi's Ocean
 - Pokemon Friggo Returns

There are many more out there!!

The next tip, if it's a 2 in 1 game, or any number of games in 1 cartridge, these are also fake. Nintendo would never do this with legit Pokemon games. I came across a pokemon crystal and diamond 2 in 1 game for the GBC, and it was awful!! Thecrystal was poorly translated and the diamond game has nothing to do with pokemon as it is a hack of a Japanese game entitled: Telefang Power.

Nintendo Seal

All Pokemon games should have this seal, if theydon't you have a fake. However, more and more hackers are aware of this and tend to put a seal on it now,so here's the next thing to look for:

The colours

A Pokemon Cartridge (with the exception of the Pokemon Trading Card game and Pokemon Pinball games for GBC/GBA) are the same colour as the name of the version. So for example, Pokemon Ruby has a dark red, see through cartridge. Emerald is a dark green, see through cartridge, Pokemon yellow is on a yellow cartridge, Pokemon Crystal is on a glittery, turqouise coloured cartridge. So if you find a pokemon game that says its Fire Red, or Ruby version, but the cartridge is grey like most GBA games, then the liklihood is, it's a hacked game, or its a completely different game with the pokemon label slapped on it.

Also, with the GBA titles, the labels are glossy and shiny, if this isn't the case with the one you have in front of you, then you most likely have a fake.

List of genuine titles of Pokemon games:

Pokemon Red, Blue and Yellow versions (all on coloured cartridges)
Pokemon Silver, Gold and Crystal Versions
Pokemon Pinball GBC
Pokemon Trading Card GBC
Pokemon Puzzle Challenge GBC
Pokemon Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald
Pokemon Pinball Ruby and Sapphire Edition GBA
Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team

DS titles

Pokemon Diamond,Pearl and Platinum
Pokemon Heart Gold and Soul Silver
Pokemon Dash
Pokemon Black and White
Pokemon Ranger
Pokemon Ranger: Shadows of Almia
Pokemon Ranger: Guardian Signs
Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue Team
Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time and Explorers of Darkness
Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky
Pokemon Link

N64 Titles

Pokemon Snap
Pokemon Stadium 1 and 2
Pokemon Puzzle League
Hey You, Pikachu

Gamecube Titles

Pokemon Colloseum
Pokemon XD: Gale of Darkness
Pokemon Channel
Pokemon Box: Ruby and Sapphire


Pokemon Battle Revolution
Pokepark Wii
Pokepark 2 (coming soon)


Super Pokemon Rumble.

Hope you found this guide useful and stay safe with your Poke Purchases!
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