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    Bootleg Gallery (Pic Heavy)

    Xian's thread pretty much covers how to spot teh boots, but there are still a lot of posts here questioning if something is a boot or not. I thought it might be handy for n00bs to see what boots look like and how they can be spotted. Hopefully some find this useful. Pics taken from EBay and this forum, anyway, on to the fun.

    Game: Garou Mark of the Wolves
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    Boot Evidence:
    Obviously not original boards
    SMT flash chips

    Game: Metal Slug
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    Boot Evidence:
    Non-Toshiba ROM chips on PROG/CHA board missing NGH number
    EPROMs with exposed windows on CHA board

    Game: Metal Slug 4
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    Boot Evidence:
    Label looks good, but missing serial numbers
    No SNK boards
    No SNK chips anywhere
    EPROMs
    SMT flash chips

    Game: Neo Bomberman
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    Boot Evidence:
    English label (JP only AFAIK)
    100% EPROMs
    Commonly bootlegged game
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    Game: Neo Turf Masters
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    Boot Evidence:
    No SNK boards
    No SNK chips
    EPROMs
    ROM chips missing NGH number

    Game: Neo Turf Masters
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    Boot Evidence:
    Slightly suspect label
    EPROMs
    MX chips

    Game: Puzzle Bobble
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    Boot Evidence:
    EPROMs
    Probably the most bootlegged game on the Neo

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    Game: Strikers 1945 Plus
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    Boot Evidence:
    Utter shit label
    No SNK boards
    SMT flash chips
    Voltage regulator soldered onto board

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    Holy shit at that Garou Mark of the Wolves. Fuck!

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    I'd fuck Neo Ash's throat... lovingly.

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    A bit of an eye opener.

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    Lookie lookie at da booty.




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    I bought a 1 Slot MVS cab last month and there was a boot copy of SLUG 5 included. This is the game board. connectors pins were heavily soldered, probably to enhance contact





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    Kudos for teh creativity on covering dem 'Proms!

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    Game: Nightmare in the Dark

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    Boot Evidence:
    Garbage label
    Original SNK boards, but EPROMs and MX chips

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    Game: Metal Slug 1

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    Boot Evidence:
    Slightly suspect label
    Wrong screws used
    No SNK boards
    No SNK chips
    EPROMs
    Bad/non factory soldering in a few spots

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    so you guys bought those bootleg carts by accident or intention?

    Many thanks to those pictures and man-power to contribute to the community, BTW

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    I was scammed with the MS1 boot in my post.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Liquid Snake View Post
    so you guys bought those bootleg carts by accident or intention?

    Many thanks to those pictures and man-power to contribute to the community, BTW
    bought a small lot of Craigslist and there were a few boots in there. Slug5 (the one I posted above) and Strikers 1945 Plus, which I will post soon

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    Quote Originally Posted by Liquid Snake View Post
    so you guys bought those bootleg carts by accident or intention?

    Many thanks to those pictures and man-power to contribute to the community, BTW
    Well, me and my friends usually do some bulk buys and sometimes (rarely, fingers crossed), we have a nice bootleg with it (so far one rage of the dragons, one slug 4 and pop n bounce). since the prices are always ultralow on those bulks ... well i don't give a fuck, they get sold off as a boot or repurposed for one of the protos ...
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    Yeah if I ever buy a small lot there is almost always a boot in there, I would just play them but they all but two times have had scratchy glitchy sound issues. I do have a neobomerman boot that plays find and puzzle Bobble. The rest though all have wonky sound, metal slug 5, andro dunos, samsho2, Shock troopers 2 (although this is a AES conversion I believe real mask Roms, but hand soldering all over). Had plenty of others too but I sent those back to the sellers. Come to think of it I do have a working strikers 1945 boot somewhere too... But typically boot equals bad sound for me :-/

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    Hmm

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    Seeing all this made me wonder if the MOTW I got is original or boot... bought it like back in 2004 or so... a bit late to check now lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ren-chan View Post
    Seeing all this made me wonder if the MOTW I got is original or boot... bought it like back in 2004 or so... a bit late to check now lol
    Never too late to check because the next person that buys it probably will. Jap version or English version? How much did you pay back then? I remember prices from back then...
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    Funny how some of these boots don't even bother to put tape over the UV windows :/

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    Not exclusive, I have an SNK-repaired KOF96 MVS cart with exposed EPROM windows.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trenton_net View Post
    Funny how some of these boots don't even bother to put tape over the UV windows :/


    In my own experience it's not that easy to erase EPROMs. I have had to bake them in direct UV light for as long as 30 mins to completely erase a chip, MVS carts have small vent windows and I doubt there is much sunlight in your MVS cab :-) not much concern for a bootlegger to worry about wasting stickers in an environment that's not that unstable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Westcb View Post
    In my own experience it's not that easy to erase EPROMs. I have had to bake them in direct UV light for as long as 30 mins to completely erase a chip, MVS carts have small vent windows and I doubt there is much sunlight in your MVS cab :-) not much concern for a bootlegger to worry about wasting stickers in an environment that's not that unstable.
    I assume in your example, 30 minutes is the total time to erase every bit of the EPROM, where as a shorter bake time will only erase some parts of the memory? I guess it's kind of a gray area, and not binary (All or nothing) in terms of erasing?

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    Here are a couple of the bootlegs I own.
    Neo Turf Masters


    Puzzle Bobble. Someone sure put a lot of work into this one.


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    I knowingly received a KOF99 bootleg MVS cart (was thrown in with a 1C bought from ebay).

    The label is fake and I reckon even the warning stick is too. Booooooty!

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    I'm fascinated by the varying styles of boards used for bootlegs and some of them look nice in terms of their construction. This brings up some questions: if a bootlegger is going to go through the trouble of having a custom printed circuit board made, how come they didn't try to emulate the original board better? I mean if they were trying to dupe naive buyers, wouldn't the best bet be to try and copy the original as close as possible? Isn't that the whole point of counterfeiting anything?

    Don't get me wrong...I'm glad they don't since it would make it a bit harder to find boots in the wild, but I'm still curious.

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