Watch out for potential YJA scammers! (False ID’d 8M packs)

This is a heads-up to people willing to risk money on 8M Packs on YJA. Matthew Callis (and I by association) ended up falling for a misleading YJA Item.

It was an 8M Pack with a sticker saying “RADICAL DREAMERS” written on the back. While the seller stressed the cart wasn’t tested, we at least assumed that, if it had it written, then there must be some history of the game being on the cart, even if it was overwritten, no? And no one would’ve overwritten the data for a rare game like RD with some measly ASCII data….

Here is the auction in question. Strangely enough, the pictures are gone, though the descriptions are still up.

Callis got the cart just today, and told me it had a measly Kanaderu data.
Now, it’d have been easy to assume that for some audacious reason some fool decided to overwrite Radical Dreamers, but the thing that made this particularly seem like a scam was this; The ROM dump of the 8M Pack showed no trace that there was even any data besides Kanaderu written on it in the first place.
All the other banks were FF. No sign of writing!
If Radical Dreamers was deleted off the pack, there’d have been data from it remaining… but it appeared -there was none to begin with-.
Someone slapped a Radical Dreamers sticker on an 8M Pack falsely to get it to sell for a large amount of money.

It’d be difficult to figure out whether the seller was behind this, a fellow victim, or simply a proxy-esque middleman.

The unfortunate side of this is that we probably wouldn’t have minded if it wasn’t Radical Dreamers, if it had any new ROM data whatsoever… I would’ve been happy if it was Pikopiko Pairetsu or Wario no Mori Bakusho ban, y’know? And when it comes to 8M Packs where the data isn’t known, we have to make a gamble like this in order to have any chance of obtaining the missing Soundlink titles…

The life of a Satellaview archivist is tough.


  1. anon? said,

    January 19, 2012 at 5:02 am

    Hi! im looking to get into translating japannese (i cant spell lol) games to english, so that a wider spectrum of players can enjoy never before released in america or many other nations. if you could email me a list of the items i would need, or where to get these scripts i keep reading about? i have countless hours, and a decent revenue in which to translate these massive scripts, i promise to not sell, or distribute this material for donations, or any kind of income what-so-ever i am just a old video game junkie with rosetta stone, and the eagerness to learn!:3

  2. Kiddo said,

    January 19, 2012 at 9:29 am

    If you’re really eager to attempt translating stuff, well… mot Satellaview stuff is not translated yet. I think if you wanted something that might be easier because it’d have both text and audio, you could check the BS Tantei Club videos.

    The BS Super Mario USA ones are probably nice, too.

    Callis might be getting something to scan in a bit later.

  3. Elratauru said,

    January 20, 2012 at 10:55 am


    It’s the same as trying to find obscure proto’s after all. Getting high hopes, buying something and realizing that its not the proto you were expecting. BS Stuff may be a little harder actually, considering the cartridges were scarse and stuff.

    Keep lookin’ though! 😀

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