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    I've got a copy of A Link to the Past that I bought CIB with a front label that has a really subtle difference that I haven't seen much of before. Most copies that I see just have plain black letters on the front. Mine has the black letters with a gold outline around them (the shade of gold is just slightly darker than the gold in the background). I'm not wondering if what I have is rare or anything; I'm just wondering if this is a legit copy or not.

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    Is your copy the Player's Choice version?
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    Nope, it isn't. I'm thinking it's maybe a version that was released in between the first run and the player's choice version? It couldn't have been long after the initial release, though, since the front of the cartridge is the "old design" which was phased out in early '93.

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    You have the uber-rare PURPLE GANON.

    Go directly to NA, collect 2k monies.

    Also, take pics.
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    Post some pictures of it

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    Here is a side-by-side comparison of the two different A Link to the Past carts that I have. The cart I'm talking about is on the top. You can really see what I'm talking about when you compare the words "the legend of" on the two labels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by adsfgk View Post
    Here is a side-by-side comparison of the two different A Link to the Past carts that I have. The cart I'm talking about is on the top. You can really see what I'm talking about when you compare the words "the legend of" on the two labels.
    Looks like a possible trapping error at the printer. Notice there are white lines in the big red Zelda on the normal cart (bottom), but the white lines aren't visible in the misprinted version (top).

    That's just my educated guess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob2600 View Post
    Looks like a possible trapping error at the printer. Notice there are white lines in the big red Zelda on the normal cart (bottom), but the white lines aren't visible in the misprinted version (top).

    That's just my educated guess.
    When I look at the cart, the white is actually still there. It's just less pronounced and in some places and actually blends into black lines in other places to give sort of a shadow effect. It looks pretty intentional to me.

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    IDK, the shield itself looks different too. It could be a variant.
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    Quote Originally Posted by adsfgk View Post
    When I look at the cart, the white is actually still there. It's just less pronounced and in some places and actually blends into black lines in other places to give sort of a shadow effect. It looks pretty intentional to me.
    Quote Originally Posted by BetaWolf47 View Post
    IDK, the shield itself looks different too. It could be a variant.
    The shield is just darker. In fact, the whole label looks darker overall. Seems like a bad print run. And the missing/blended white lines are likely the result of one of the printing plates being misaligned. Again, a bad print run.

    I work in the graphics and printing industry- these things happen all the time. Maybe it was intentional and maybe this is a variant, but from my experience at work, it looks like a common printing flaw.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BetaWolf47 View Post
    IDK, the shield itself looks different too. It could be a variant.
    The only real difference in the shields is that the colors on the cart with the gold outlines is of a slightly darker shade, as Rob2600 says.

    I should also mention that the back labels of the cartridges are different (again, gold outline cart on top, other on bottom).

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    What about the number inside where the pins are, that is molded on to the plastic of the cart? I don't know if it has any meaning but check them anyway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Urzu402 View Post
    What about the number inside where the pins are, that is molded on to the plastic of the cart? I don't know if it has any meaning but check them anyway.
    Gold outlines: F-35 and B-45

    Other: F-44 and B-42

    Also, a quick eBay search shows a few other cartridges like mine (specifically, this and this one)

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    Mine looks like the non-gold outline one and one of the numbers by the pins is F-45 or it could be F-35 I'm not sure. I don't know if this helps in any way. Can you open them up and compare the boards or something? I don't know anything about the boards but other people here probably do. Someone posted a story about a fake Breath of Fire they bought at a flea market so there are fake SNES games going around.

    There this is the post i'm talking about
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    The board on the gold outlined one is legit. It's identical to the other one (has the nintendo logo on the board, 1990 copyright date, etc), so it being a bootleg is pretty much ruled out.

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    Then i guess it's either an Alt or a Mistake as other people have said in this thread. If there are others like it I'm thinking its an Alt.
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    Me too, given what I saw on eBay.

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    Quote Originally Posted by adsfgk View Post
    I should also mention that the back labels of the cartridges are different (again, gold outline cart on top, other on bottom).
    THAT simplifies it a lot! Top one is US, bottom one is Canadian. Does that mean Canada has a slightly different label than us?
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    Actually, Beta, that doesn't mean that the second one is Canadian. The legal label was updated to include all NA regions, as this change also happened on the NES in 1991. It does mean that it was reprinted, however.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Shadow Kisuragi View Post
    Actually, Beta, that doesn't mean that the second one is Canadian. The legal label was updated to include all NA regions, as this change also happened on the NES in 1991. It does mean that it was reprinted, however.
    So does this mean that the cart with the gold outlines is the first printing and the other one is a reprint?

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