Below are the summary of my research in how to spot genuine Nintendo games:
1. Advice copied from Nintendo website:
How do I identify original or licensed accessories?
Original or licensed accessories, which are generally tested by Nintendo, can be clearly identified by two things that appear on the packaging and/or manual:
"Licensed by (the Trademark of) Nintendo..."
. Our own products do not feature this. (The fonts are red in colour in most games)
"Original (Nintendo) Seal of Quality"
. This is a circle surrounded by golden points and a white area containing the above sentence written in golden letters. The Nintendo name is shown as our logo. In the lower right corner there is a small "TM".
The quality seal is your assurance that you have bought a Nintendo quality product which works correctly.'
I checked the instruction booklet of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess' this morning and the seal is described as
'This seal is your assurance that Nintendo has reviewed this product and that it has met our standards for excellence in workmanship, reliability and entertainment value. Always look for this seal when buying games and accessories to ensure complete compatibility with your Nintendo Product.'
If the sellers are unable to confirm the above description, the item is definitely a fake. Stop buying the item immediately and inform the sellers to withdraw their items from Ebay.
Any US/ China / Hong Kong imports will have the same seal.
Honestly, I have never heard Nintendo games being made in China/ Hong Kong except Japan. Of course, I could be wrong!
2. The game has a PEGI ratings for parents on the front of the box/ case.
Genuine Nintendo DS games for European markets come with a white case only! But, make sure that the white case comes with the above description. Genuine ones usually come with a symbol for parental guidance.
4. Or, check the case/ box cover on the Amazon website or Nintendo for clues. I have been doing this since my bad experience.
5. If you are not sure what to do, send me an email! I will try to help. But, as long as you remember the above tips, you should be fine.
Some highstreet retailers are selling fake games (yes, I saw some of the fakes being sold in a famous retail shop yesterday. The fakes are sold as pre-owned games (presumably bought by the previous owners on Ebay). Confront the shop owners with the above descriptions if you come across the fakes. Inform them and ask them to withdraw the fakes immediately. Most of the times, these retail sellers do not have a clue about the fakes.
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5 May 2009
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