Show me your bootlegs

I was just digging in my game-boxes when I found these. They obviously have no value, but I kept them for some reason. Tell me I'm not alone in this!

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I kept quite a few, I'll have to dig them out. I mostly kept ones with interesting cart labels or which were otherwise somehow unusual, but we will have to see if I can fiiiiiiind them

I used to have some of those bootleg Famicom Disk System disks that replaced the Nintendo copyright key with NINFENDO. My friend from the Philippines gave them to me. It‘s what he got to play with as a kid! I gave them all to an import shop a couple years ago since I didn’t have space.

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More good ones.

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My bootlegs are a mixed bag, but I‘m generally of the mind these days – amid the vintage game pricing explosion – that it’s a pretty decent solution (alongside stuff like EverDrives & multi-ROM carts) for playing the games you like (& having some sort of physical thing, if you like that) on the hardware you like.

I just now got a pic of a few. The Etrian Odyssey DS cart is pretty good, & came in a two-pack with The World Ends With You, which I gifted to a friend, for around $25 on eBay. You'd have to look pretty hard to notice that it ain't "real." The Genesis carts (Panorama Cotton & Musha) are noticeably cheap, especially Musha with its stretched sticker art, & I found that they needed to be plugged into a Game Genie to work on my Genesis Model 1. But they were roughly $4 a pop on AliExpress, & honestly $4 plus the one-time investment of a Game Genie isn't bad to play extremely rare stuff on your Genesis.
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man do i feel like a chump: i‘ve got all sorts of bootleg saturn games, but they’re just boring blank discs. well, i do have a legit copy of the saturn bootleg sampler.

it could be fun to make some cool labels...

Packing up some old stuff at my parents' house and realized I held onto this, for some reason:

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Rydia, Rosa, and Edward, famous principal characters of Final Fantasy VI.

Bought in 2010 off eBay. After looking at the box for... a second, I realized it was a bootleg, but I had a blast playing it all the same (I fell in love <3). The cartridge was slightly misshapen/too thick for the GBA and was kind of a hassle to get in and out of the system. I gave the cartridge away to someone else, making sure they knew it was a bootleg & the save battery would give out soon—actually it may have been dead already when I gave it away—but this is what it looked like:

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Several years ago I went in hard for portable bootlegs.

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https://twitter.com/videograppler/status/1542885877906538496?t=IcMgpiM49v1B2gaqHcdk7g&amp;s=19

I didn't buy any, but a few weeks ago I was at an antique store, and almost their entire selection of gameboy games was pokemon bootlegs:

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My childhood copy of Sonic 3D was (I now realise) a bootleg. The obvious gameplay changes, weird box and cartridge, and surprisingly most of all, the crappy fonts and lack of style in the game’s overall presentation meant that for years it felt like some kind of bizarre artefact, a leaked prototype before such a thing widely existed. I was always unsure if the game was even real. I would look at the ‘genuine’ copies on store shelves wondering if it was the same game that I had.

I've got this Japanese copy of Final Fantasy V for ps1.

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Inside it is a bootleg of FF5 for ps1.

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Underneath the bootleg, is a real copy of FF5 for ps1.

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Not exactly sure why it's like this or how it came to be, but I remember seeing this at a local shop for a few bucks and grabbed it for the hell of it.

So for a good while now, I‘ve heavily stuck my nose into some really oddball bootleg games from companies such as “Shenzhen Nanjing Technology” or “Fuzhou Waixing Computer Science”, and I got to say, if you really and I mean genuinely take the time to understand these games from start to finish, no matter how obnoxious they may be, you might come to find that some of them are quite enjoyable in the long run, especially if you can translate them, know the source material they’ve stolen from, or have a genuine interest in these sorts of things to begin with.

Take for example a bootleg game for the NES called "Bio Hazard", this is a "demake" of Resident Evil (for the PS1) with combat mechanics from Resident Evil Gaiden (for the Gameboy Color), and a generalized layout and stylization of the game to look like a top-down view of RE1. Keep in mind, EVEN IF you don't know Chinese, you can play MOST of the game purely on muscle memory and trial and error (at some points). Of course, and SPOILER WARNING, if you've played the original game, you'll be quite familiar with the painting room that shows the different stages of life. Of course, if you can translate the text, even with an AI like Google or Yandex (text on image translator), oddly enough, you can get through that game with a fair amount if ease, purely based on your own knowledge of the source material.

Why I bring this up, is because I feel, despite these games being based on and even containing STOLEN assets, there is still a lot of value to most if them, and given enough understanding, perhaps a bit of prior experience with the source material, or some other knowledge that helps, a good portion of these games are rather enjoyable.

There are of course, some genuinely god awful steaming piles of crap, but even then, with a few basic fixes (or cheating), it is possible to enjoy even some of the WORST bootlegs out there.

Some other noteworthy bootlegs, despite their absurd difficulty (which is impossible to beat without cheating) are as followed:

—Diablo (for the NES, but is based on Diablo II)
—World of Warcraft (for the NES, tells a fairly accurate slimmed down version of the first few games/campaigns through the eyes of a person's in-game character, which is why the characters in the game bicker about who's gonna get the gold, and you get to play as Illydan).
—Final Fantasy VII (for the NES, unlatched, it looks nothing like the source material, as it uses FF1 assets, but with a patch, it's clearly 1000x better).

So what about the rest of you, have you or do you want to dip your toes into the world of bootlegs? And if you have before, any games you personally enjoyed and why?

https://twitter.com/m_shigihara/status/1575249735388000256?s=20&amp;t=CuKAsQ5r-EPRUXYh3Tt_aQ

@“treefroggy”#p86594 aka Mario Takes The L

@“exodus”#p86617 but it looks like he's taking a dump.

Is this where we go for the live Prince recordings?

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My buddy gave me this a while ago along with some pokemon boots. Haven't tried it yet but it looks amazing.

huge swath of korean and bootleg consoles on this hg101 archive. page over for other stuff, this is the famicom clone page.

https://web.archive.org/web/20120426215755/http://hardcoregaming101.net/korea/appendix-consoles2.htm

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Great to have this commercial for Bung flash carts on youtube, but the title got the language wrong :stuck_out_tongue:

https://youtu.be/i9Lk_pMVDjQ