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Hi everyone! I recently took all of my childhood video games out of storage (where they had sat for 12 years) and I am thrilled to find that my Jaguar and Jaguar CD both still work! Almost all of my games were still in storage, too, but I've been adding a few that I didn't have, including BattleSphere Gold. I took a chance on an eBay auction since there is a return policy for fraud. The listing seemed legit, and the product I received seems very high quality, but there are a couple of things that make me think it might be a repro. I've included pictures of everything.

 

1. The box opens backwards (compared to other Jaguar boxes).

 

2. The label on the cart comes up around all the edges.

 

3. The "Gold" label is printed on the box (I always assumed it was a sticker, so maybe I'm in the wrong here).

 

4. Although the box claims a JUGS demo CD would be inside, it was not included in what otherwise appeared to be a brand new product.

 

As you can see, the presentation is fantastic (including the full-color game manual), which is the only reason I question its validity. If it is a fake, they spent a lot of time making it look beautiful.

 

What do the experts here say? Do I send it back for a refund, or is this the actual product?

 

Thank you so much for your help, whether it's good news or bad news.

 

 

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That's not 100% original I'm afraid.

The gold sticker was stuck on the outer wrapper and not the box.

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Yeah, that's a fake. The original boxes did have a gold seal on the outside, the game cartridge used a clear shell, and the box does not open backwards (what a sloppy mistake on the part of the bootleggers). That's also a poor, hand-cut label. Even the manual was poorly cut/folded (you can see graphics from the back wrapped around to the left, front edge). So, I wouldn't exactly call the presentation "fantastic".

 

..Al

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Battlesphere Gold is a clear cartridge.

 

Notice it's a die-cut label with only the top two corners rounded, versus the reproduction label that has all four corners poorly cut. And the colors are much more saturated on the original label.

 

..Al

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Also, someone game me a link to the auction.. Here's the box insert:

 

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This is not a Jaguar box insert. Looks more like an SNES box insert (the game boxes are the same size as the Jaguar's boxes). The opening for the cartridge is much larger than the cartridge, which would allow the cartridge to rattle around inside the box, kind of defeating the purpose of having a box insert.

 

..Al

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Generally speaking if you see a rare game for sale at low cost and it's from Spain, Italy or France--beware. Especially when they have multiple copies.

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Is it still forbidden to talk about making more Battlesphere cartridges? Artificial scarcity provides the motivation for people to do things like this. Artificial scarcity sucks.

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If it works and looks nice and you got it for cheap, then play on! The Battlesphere ROM posted out there on a bunch of sites doesn't work on a skunkboard and I sure as heck wasn't going to shell out the $$$ for a real one so a repro is likely the way to go on this one. I am glad I was able to get it for cheap since I wasn't able to totally get into the game all that much, so it wasn't a huge loss for me.

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If it works and looks nice and you got it for cheap, then play on!

Not sure I'd consider $200+ for a bootleg as "cheap" personally.

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Not sure I'd consider $200+ for a bootleg as "cheap" personally.

Oh wow I didn't know he paid that much. Id say $50 for a repro with a nice label and a cardboard box and insert would be good

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Seems legit.... :grin:

Off topic but Mr. Touchdown you have one of the sexiest signatures on here with all those systems.

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Oh wow I didn't know he paid that much. Id say $50 for a repro with a nice label and a cardboard box and insert would be good

Tried that myself, never got the copy though...

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I mean, I've paid some prices for Jaguar stuff but I can't bite on Battlesphere. All that comes to mind is.. "Well, if I'm dropping this cash on a game.. would I want Battlesphere or a Neo Geo AES title.."

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Yeah, now it's around a grand and a collector's piece. Except, there's a bunch of other collector items around that price that just feel a lot more exciting.

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That's not 100% original I'm afraid.

The gold sticker was stuck on the outer wrapper and not the box.

 

On mine, it's a gold sticker stuck directly on the box.

 

Also, my manual is black and white, not color.

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