Taiwanese Super Mario Bros. Audio Cassette

During the 80s Taiwanese recording company Xinxing Records 『新興唱片有限公司』released the ‘Japanese Cartoon’ 『日本卡通』 series of cassette tapes. The series spanned hundreds of cassettes – I’m not sure of the exact number, but at least 300 hundred are pictured in this blog post. As the name suggests, these cassettes contained music from Japanese cartoons and anime … Continued

Some thoughts on bootleg Famicom carts

In Taiwan bootleg Famicom games are referred to as 「台片」, which basically means ‘Taiwanese game’. Bootlegs are such an integral part of gaming history here that there’s not much reference, if any, to them being unlicensed or ‘pirate’ games. Famicom games are simply split into two categories, these so-called Taiwanese games, and then the original … Continued

How to Spot Bootleg PS2 Games

High quality PS2 bootlegs aren’t that common. They also require a modded console to play so usually aren’t sold to trick you, but they do exist. Some of the discs have designs printed directly on them and might fool you if you’re not paying attention.

A Visual Guide to spotting Bootleg Super Famicom Games

Bootleg or fake Super Famicom cartridges are usually easy to spot. Even so, if you’re not used to handling them, or the quality of the bootleg is high, you could easily be tricked. Check the label quality, label positioning, details on the back of the cart and the quality of the cart to determine a fake. If in doubt open and inspect the board. Read on for a handy visual guide on how to spot fake Super Famicom games.