Pokemon Fire Red/Leaf Green Fakes Still on Ebay!
The Fire Red/Leaf Green fakes/illegal games are still available on Ebay, and hopefully this site has reached many fans to limit the problem as much as possible.
Pokemon Fire Red/Leaf Green is scheduled to be released on September 9th, 2004. You'll find Fire Red/Leaf Green on Ebay, in which the seller claims that the game is in English (partly true, that will be explained later). Many people have been contacting me about this, ever since I've reported about this problem a month ago here in the news, warning fans not to be tricked. So let's get things straight first.
Are these games the real official games?
No, they are not. The official games that will be released in the US will be released on September 9th, 2004.
What are these games then?
They are made by someone or a group people, by using the Japanese version of the game, the individual/group translated the game into English. That means, things will get translated poorly and wrong compared to the official version. Also, not the entire game is translated. So yes, the claim that the games are in English is partly true, however, they are not official games.
Are these games on Ebay illegal?
Yes, the Fire Red/Leaf Green games currently on Ebay are illegal. The games aren't even released yet in the US, and these games are made to trick people into thinking that these games are the real product of Nintendo, which they are not. As explained above, these games are hacked into from the Japanese versions, and make it seem like they are the official games for the English version.
Images of the fake English version of Fire Red/Leaf Green
There are three different sets of images that that auctions showed. The first ones were these two:
Version 1.0 of Fakes
To most fans, without a doubt, these look fake, and of course, are fake. These images were very poorly made.
However, things got more interesting when new images of the same fake product began to show up:
Version 2.0 of Fakes
These are definitely more convincing than the first set of images. The Leaf Green box was the first one to hit Ebay. The Fire Red game continued to use the original fake image for a while, but soon auctions began using this image to portray Fire Red, and the original fake image of Fire Red died down. Unfortunately, it has been these pictures that has tricked people to thinking that these were the official games, the original set of images were rather less convincing, which made it more difficult to trick a buyer into buying them.
Version 3.0 of Fakes
And yet another different one. Need I say more?
Obviously, not a good idea to buy them, it's a game that is poorly translated and not even fully translated, and in some cases, you might be paying a lot for it, not to mention these games are illegal.
So be careful whenever you're buying from an auction site like Ebay. When there are people, there will be people with bad intentions to trick you. Help spread the word by telling people you know not to be fooled by these Fire Red/Leaf Green fakes on Ebay.
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