Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Beware Fake Golden Rockman 4 Cartridge
We've all heard the tale of the legendary golden Rockman 4 cartridges. Distributed exclusively to the Rockman 4 boss contest winners, there's only eight of them in the whole wide world. So far, we only know the whereabouts of three: one at Osaka's Super Potato, another in the hands of Bright Man creator Yoshitaka Enomoto, and lastly, Ring Man creator Hiromi Uchida.
But wait! There's something shimmering from the halls of Yahoo Auctions Japan. Why, it's another golden cartridge! Oh boy. Could this really be cartridge #4? After all, it's touting a fancy display case. All the more legit, right? Not so fast, partner.
According to our friend CAP Kobun, we're looking at a bone fide fake. The cartridge's seller, mechayasuii, has a history of selling pirated software and reproduction cartridges. Worse yet, the auction is being flooded by bidders. No one knows if these are bots (to make the auction seem more legitimate than it really is), or actual bidders falling for an unfortunate deception. It's a sticky situation either way.
With rarities like this, you always have to be careful. Certainly Yahoo Auctions, is a cool place to acquire rare goodies and trinkets. But with this sort of stuff, it's best to exercise caution. Now, I don't believe we've ever found a physical flag to verify the authenticity of the gold cartridge. Right now, your best bet would be to carefully research the seller's history. Better safe than sorry!
Thanks the warning, CAP Kobun!