How to Spot Fake Game Boy Advance SP

To buy an original Game boy Advance SP , you need to know how it differs from fakes. It does not matter whether the Game boy Advance SP is used or new, as a rule, fakes work poorly (despite the almost 20-year-old console) and the gaming experience on them is as bad as possible.

Most Chinese counterfeits are of rather (fairly) low quality, so, in principle, the original can be distinguished from the counterfeits at a glance.

Of course, we will not take such consoles as GameBox or DVTech for which it is so clear that they are fakes, but we will consider an option that completely copies the original Game Boy Advance SP.
(Please note that all pictures can be clicked to enlarge and look closer).

For example, take the original Game Boy Advance SP and its fake:

Original Game Boy Advance SP and fake

If you don't look closely, then at first glance there is no difference. They are the same size, have the same connectors and even the same labels. However, as you know, the devil is in the little things. For understanding, gray is a fake, and pink is the original.

Lettering

The first thing to pay attention to is the inscriptions. On the original Game Boy Advance SP, they are beautiful and even, and on the fake, accordingly, curves.

Let's take a closer look:

The original Game Boy Advance SP and the fake, compare differences

Let's pay attention to some little things:

The original Game Boy Advance SP and the fake, compare differences

The white stripe (1,2) shows that the level of the letters is not the same, on a fake letter O is higher than the rest of the letters, on the original all letters are the same.
Three circles (3,4) are drawn in red on each picture, they are the same and you can see that on the fake Game Boy Advance SP the letters are different in width, but on the original they are the same.

Now consider the inscription on the back:

The original Game Boy Advance SP and the fake, compare differences

The original Game Boy Advance SP and the fake, compare differences

As you can see, although the inscriptions are completely duplicated, but on a fake the inscription is much larger in size, takes up almost half of the space, and on the original Game Boy Advance SP it is small and neat.

But the most important thing is that this inscription is actually a signature for the connectors and on the original Game Boy Advance SP the arrows are in the middle of the connector, and on a fake it is shifted to the edge of the connector.

Sticker

Let's move on to the sticker on the back of the case.

Fake sticker Game Boy Advance SP

By itself, this sticker does not say (mean) anything, because it is copied from the original sticker. However, for some reason, most of the fakes come with with this sticker, so if you saw it, then this is at least a reason to think about it and check the other signs of a fake.

Built-in games

The original Game Boy Advance SP does not and cannot have any built-in games. So if you see that there are built-in games on the Gameboy, then this is 100% fake. This is the only 100% sign by which you can distinguish the original Game Boy Advance SP from a fake, all other signs may vary depending on the straightness of the hands of those who counterfeit the console.

Fake Game Boy Advance SP Built-in games

This is what the main menu looks like when loading a fake.


Connectors

Fakes often have other connectors, for example mini USB or just USB, so if you see something like that, then it's definitely a fake.

Fake Game Boy Advance SP mini USB
Photo from the Internet.

Let's take a look at the original connectors and switches from every angle. They should look like this:

Original Game Boy Advance SP from side

Original Game Boy Advance SP from back

Original Game Boy Advance SP from side

Original Game Boy Advance SP front view

Are flash cartridges launched on fake?

The answer is no. They do not start, the most likely explanation is that fakes work on emulators, while they are launched on the original.

Does fake Game Boy Color run cartridges?

The answer is no. They won't start.

What is IQUE Game boy Advance SP? Is it original or fake?

iQue, Ltd. it is a subsidiary of Nintendo. Engaged in the production of consoles for the Chinese market. Here's what Wiki writes about the IQue Game Boy Advance SP: "The iQue Game Boy SP is the Chinese version of the Game Boy Advance SP. It is the same as a regular Game Boy Advance SP but has an" iQue "logo on the top of the casing instead of "Nintendo" like the product for the worldwide market ". This text says that the only difference in these two consoles is only a sticker with a logo. By the way, this is how it is, let's compare three photos:

Game Boy Advance SP compare ique and nintendo

It can be seen that the two consoles of the Nintendo Game Boy Advance SP and IQue Game Boy Advance SP versions are identical, and the third is completely different.

Summing up

To distinguish a fake Game boy Advance SP from the original, you need to look at everything in a comprehensive manner. On my fake it was possible to understand that this was not the original just by turning it on, the starting animation of the loading was so stupid that it was clear that this was a cheap clone, and after the download and the list of games appeared, everything became clear. Therefore, the first step is to turn on the prefix and see what happens. The game should stop at this picture (original on the left, and fake on the right):

Fake Game Boy Advance SP Built-in games

After this picture, nothing should happen. That is, the console cannot do anything without a cartridge.

The second step is to look at the ports, whether there are USB or other unaccounted ports (AUX for example).

The third step is to look at the inscriptions from point one.

And finally, if you have a Flash cartridge, then launch it.

If all the points agree, then this is the original, if at least one of the points does not agree with you, then this is a fake!

Good luck to you! :)