How to tell if your MVS game is a possible boot

Xian Xi

JammaNationX,
Go to ack's site: http://mvs-scans.com

He has scans of all MVS games in high resolution.

1. If your cart's boards looks a little different from the scans you may have a boot or an SNK repair.

2. If your cart's boards look NOTHING like the scans then you have a boot for sure. If the cart in question contains all windowed eproms, it's a boot. If it's either Ironclad, Diggerman or Ghostlop it is a homemade cart which is the only way you can get them.


If your cart is like case #1 then post a new thread and a picture of the carts boards in a clear close photo. If you can get the text on the chips in the pics it would help.

If your cart is like case #2, do not make a thread.


Sticky please.
 

ack

Morden's Lackey
If you have boards (legit or bootleg) that dont match up to anything on the site and would like to contribute scans, please pm me.

Scans of missing labels are also welcome.

thanks
-ack
 
The main thing to look for is non-windowed chips with the appropriate NGH number on them. The presence of one or two windowed chips does not mean it's a boot, especially if the rest of the chips are correctly labeled. Half the posts here could be avoided with that simple rule.
 

Xian Xi

JammaNationX,
Not the case though as that's the usual. This one looked like a legit cart, all mask roms with the NGH number on them. iirc it was a MS3 cart. I took pics of it but imageshack deleted the images a while ago and the files were on my PC that tanked.
 
Not the case though as that's the usual. This one looked like a legit cart, all mask roms with the NGH number on them. iirc it was a MS3 cart. I took pics of it but imageshack deleted the images a while ago and the files were on my PC that tanked.
Sounds like a one in a thousand situation.
 

kasemase

Pari-Dakar Rally Driver
Very nice site. This was the first time I've seen a Fight Fever MVS cart. I guess they really do exist, but I can never find them on sale.
 

2D_Master

Jaguar Ninja
I didn't really want to create a new thread for this, but I suppose this has to do with identifying boots. I have a question:

Why did'nt SNK give their JAP carts serials?

If they did, where did they put them? Did they have a separate silver sticker with the serial number, like early released US MVS titles?

I mean is there really any way to tell if a JAP label is original? For US realeases there are serials (sometimes scratched) and holo labels that assure you of the fact that they are original labels/carts.
 

Xian Xi

JammaNationX,
On JP carts they used the silver stickers on the side with a serial number after a certain period. Some were on the side and some on the label but it wasn't a consistent thing as some jp carts never had them when others of the same name did.

I'm guessing the jp carts with serial stickers were sold to arcade ops in the US.
 

2D_Master

Jaguar Ninja
So in short, there is no way to tell if a JP label is original itself? Forgive me if I sound dense, I'm just trying to get this straight.
 

jew90

Geese's Thug
So in short, there is no way to tell if a JP label is original itself? Forgive me if I sound dense, I'm just trying to get this straight.

You can always compare good scans of it to a known original label and try and work it out from that..
 
I don't think there's any difference between the way the Japanese carts and the English carts are done. They're both inconsistent, but the system seems to be about the same. I've never noticed any difference. As Xian Xi said, sometimes they have the separate silver label, as did some English carts.
 

vincewy

Loyal Neo-Disciple,
Many thanks to ack for providing such valuable website/resource, I just got Irritating Maze and thought it was a boot (it doesn't have serial number on English label), turned out to be absolutely genuine and original.

Now it's time to go through all my carts and see which is/are boot.
 

mastamuzz

Eager Beaver
I have a metal slug on a AOF2 board and the chips are not windowed or mx the only label they have is MS16 and MS32 with their corresponding chip D1 to D4 for the 32M and W1,3 and 4 and a Q1 for the 16M ones! original jap label! then is a boot? probably an old one? also the M1 and S1 have windows but they have the red crayon on them! and there is a bridge from pin 13 on the W4 that goes to a 3JIT because the chip is piggy backed on the probably original one! any thoughts?
 

Hashmech

Neo Bubble Buster
Awesome guide Ack! Bookmarked!
Confirmed my Bust-A-Move Again is the legits. Dang... now I have to check all my carts
 

corebass420

Crossed Swords Squire
If you have boards (legit or bootleg) that dont match up to anything on the site and would like to contribute scans, please pm me.

Scans of missing labels are also welcome.

thanks
-ack

Man. Awesome site. Thank you so much for the time you spent on it.
 

petercat

Timid Neo Newbie
hey guys. Im new here and cant start my own thread. I really need an expert opinion on a viewpoint board i got. the chips on board 1 look just like they do on MVS-scans.com but the board itself is labeled prog 4096 and looks more like a puzzle de pon board. board 2 looks like it should. Does this mean its a conversion or something? Thanks for any help guys. Just trying to make sure i didn't get ripped off.
 

Xian Xi

JammaNationX,
awesome. Any reason why the board looks different?

They probably used what they had. The version on mvsscans uses a pro-cto board which is a decryption based board but it doesn't even have the CTO installed. Could have been a transitional period.
 

lolifoxgirl

Rot., Rot., Rot.
Is it possible to tell just by the sticker? There is a craigslist ad in my area with svc chaos and strikers at a good price, but they probably wont let me crack them open and check.
 

Xian Xi

JammaNationX,
Just to clarify, the clear carts are the boots 99% of the time. The official ones came in black shells and also have serial numbers on the label which is in blue.
 

aha2940

AH, A, COLUMBIAN!,
Really?!
Ill stay away those clear carts

Just to be clear (no pun intended): the clear cases are boots 99% of the time just for some games (SVC and Strikers 1945+ I guess?). I have Garou, Metal Slug 3, Viewpoint and World Heroes 2 all with clear cases and all original.

Regards.
 

TheIronSheik

Kuroko's Training Dummy
My Spinmaster MVS cart is a clear case and it's legit. Metal Slug X uses a blue see through case. I think it depends on the title.
 

TheIronSheik

Kuroko's Training Dummy
If I'm buying on eBay and I can't see pictures of the boards, I go by if the label is legit. If so, then I will buy it, and so far I have not been disappointed.
 

MattBlah

Baseball Star Hitter
Thanks for the guide. I'm pretty new to MVS carts so am just trying to learn how to spot boots.

Am I right to assume that if the NGH number matches and they look the same as the scans then they're legit? I've noticed some of the other numbers on chips are slightly different. Is this just a different serial or batch number?
 

MattBlah

Baseball Star Hitter
It depends. World Heroes Perfect contains chips from World Heroes 2 Jet, for example.

Would the Scans on the site show this though? For example my Puzzle Bobble has the numbers 96 & 68, but looking on mvs-scans.com it looks like this is legit.
 

ThGame

Geese's Thug
Just to clarify, the clear carts are the boots 99% of the time. The official ones came in black shells and also have serial numbers on the label which is in blue.

Is windjammers a legit clear cart mvs title?? I just bought one and ive noticed most of them are clear from what ive seen. It has serial #s
 

Xian Xi

JammaNationX,
Is windjammers a legit clear cart mvs title?? I just bought one and ive noticed most of them are clear from what ive seen. It has serial #s

That statement was pertaining to only SVC Chaos. Windjammers are usually clear.
 
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