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Old 04-13-04, 09:37 AM
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GBA Cart memory failure?

I have a copy of Tactics Ogre that no longer lets you save your progress on it. I hadn't played it in a while and thought it wierd that there was no save info but just started over (had forgotten the storyline anyway). The start of the game was long and so I saved right after than into the 1st slot. The save info was not there when I restarted my GBA.

My question is: Can memory in GBA cartridges go bad?

I guess I will try selling this game to some place like GameSpot or something since I was less of a fan of it after playing Golden Sun and Zelda.
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Old 04-13-04, 09:51 AM
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It's possible. Battery can die but it's ULTRA rare, espically for a new game. (It's pretty damn rare even for NES games batteries to be dead..).

You *could* change the battery yourself.. but I'm looking at a GBA cart now and it's got some new kind of screw on it..

Also, I think I heard some newer GBA games may be using a cheaper flash memory to save scores/data but I think it was intended for small data (not like an RPG).. could be wrong onthat.. but I think that's what the Famicom Mini games are using.
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Are you sure its a REAL copy? The bootlegs tend to have their battery die pretty fast.
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Old 04-13-04, 10:23 AM
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Bootlegs?

How can you tell if it is or not?
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Old 04-13-04, 10:59 AM
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The color and feel of the cartridge. Compare it to your other GBA games. Is the color of plastic the same? What about the texture? I spor numerous bootlegs at my work when people try trading them in. Some are just way to obvious.
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I had my Zelda cart lock up on me when i went to the Dark world and I can no longer get it to boot and this is a game I bought at Best buy new so I know it isnt a bootleg
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Old 04-13-04, 02:39 PM
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Originally posted by GizmoDVD
Compare it to your other GBA games. Is the color of plastic the same?
Darn it, my Pokemon Sapphire and Ruby must be bootlegs
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I find the box and sticker on bootlegs to be a little too glossy, thats a sure sign of it being fake.
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You should contact Nintendo with these problems to see if they will fix them.
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Old 04-14-04, 02:43 AM
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My Castlevania COM just wiped the memory before. It still holds it though. Very strange, I just turned it on and before my very eyes all the save files were gone
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Originally posted by bluntman72
I had my Zelda cart lock up on me when i went to the Dark world and I can no longer get it to boot and this is a game I bought at Best buy new so I know it isnt a bootleg
Exchange it. I'm sure even if you didn't have a receipt they might still let you exchange it for the same item.
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Old 04-14-04, 10:07 AM
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So if it is a bootleg (and I'm pretty sure it is now), can I just take apart say Eye of the Beholder and use the battery from that in the Tactics Ogre cart?
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Originally posted by rfduncan
So if it is a bootleg (and I'm pretty sure it is now), can I just take apart say Eye of the Beholder and use the battery from that in the Tactics Ogre cart?
Probably.. worth a shot at least.. or you could just find out what kind of battery is in GBA carts and get a new one at Radio Shack.
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