Bootlegged DSLite a well-made, slightly sloppy forgery

Wednesday, 11th May 2011 08:17 GMT By Jessica Citizen

When Jeremy Parish bought an Apple Green DS Lite from a “seemingly reputable” eBay seller, subtle details on the handheld didn’t seem quite right.

Bootleg DS Lite

In an illustrated diary-like entry over at 1UP, Parish takes a positive approach – “at least I know how to spot a bootleg now.”

He explains how things seemed off as soon as he opened the parcel, including the “texture and construction of the box” and oddly-pixelated text printed on the back. It wasn’t until he opened the corrugated cardboard box that he realised the truth.

“There was no question once I actually looked at the unit,” Parish writes. “This is a complete fake. It’s an amazing fake to be sure, but definitely not a legit system.”

Rather than storm around the apartment, breaking things and vowing never to purchase anything online ever again, Parish took a deep breath and decided to share his experiences, in the hope that it may help others spot fakes.

Keep an eye out for “pock-marked” or discoloured plastic, which doesn’t meet manufacturer’s usually-high standards. Edges which don’t quite meet flush is another giveaway, along with mis-aligned text, and other relatively subtle cosmetic flaws.

For what it’s worth, the console is “practically perfect”, Parish explains. It feels the same, and – importantly – it all works. Of course, there’s no after-purchase Nintendo support, and no guarantee that it will continue to work, but – in the short term at least – this is one of the better bootleg stories we’ve heard.

Thanks, Jeremy, for sharing your story!



  1. Blerk

    That’s pretty amazing for a knock-off!

    #1 4 years ago
  2. James Mac

    Probably helped his mood that he could write the cost off on tax.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. RockTwist

    Surely that should be ‘mushy pea’ green?

    #3 4 years ago
  4. xino

    I never use ebay!
    things like this are bound to happen!

    as I was also conned once!

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Trash Man

    @4 It’s not just eBay. I had a forged DS game from a few years ago. They replaced it without question.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. TheWulf

    That 1UP has Parish is, again, why it’s one of my more favoured gaming sites. This was great stuff.

    #6 4 years ago

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