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posted by taizou @ 2020-05-25 01:53:25 Dumps

Got two more Sintax GBA games dumped by RibShark today. These are definitely two of the most-wanted Sintax games, being attached to popular series and also being some of the earliest ones to be documented in video form. And they were both games I don't own. But fortunately Rib came through! Thanks once again for allowing me to repost these here!

Crash Advance IV

Everyone's favourite jorts-wearing bandicoot makes a return visit to Sintax-land. You may remember their GBC game 2003 Crash II Advance, which featured a similar title screen to this game (both being based on the one from the official GBA game "Crash Bandicoot: The Huge Adventure"). Unfortunately, the similarities end there - while Crash II Advance was a decent attempt to recreate Crash Bandicoot's gameplay on GBC, Crash Advance IV is just... well, it's just this again.

A video has been posted purportedly showing another Sintax Crash GBA game called "Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped", but the level shown also appears later in Crash IV, and no cartridge nor title screen has yet been sighted with the Crash 3 title, so nobody is quite sure if that version really exists or if it was a mistitled video of Crash IV.

Download: Crash Advance IV (Unl) (Eng) [YJ restored].zip

Sonic 3 - Fighter Sonic

You all knew this was coming. He's the world's most famous hedgehog. Sintax would never turn their back on that kind of reflected glory. They even pre-empted Sonic 4 in taking the series back to basics; there's no Tails, no Knuckles, no Johnson the Octopus, not even my boy Big the Cat - the only playable character is ol' Blue Bollocks himself. So how about Sonic's trademark speed? Did Sintax buck expectations and stick a rocket up the arse-pipe of their tired old engine? Well... you know they didn't. Sonic just strolls along shooting out spin-dash sprites and it's just like every other one of these games. But there's Sonic!

The title screen just says "Fighter Sonic", but the box and cartridge call it "Sonic 3: Fighter Sonic", which probably means it came out between Sonics Advance 2 and 3 and they were trying to pass it off as the real third game.

Download: Sonic 3 - Fighter Sonic (Unl) (Eng) [YJ restored].zip



1posted by anewkindofscience@yahoo.com @ 2020-05-25 02:58:49

Sonic has got it rough as far as GB bootlegs are concerned. Between Makon's trilogy, Sonic 6 Speedy Gonzales Edition, and Sintax's stuff that does not even play like his own games. Did Sintax make any non-platformers for the GBA? Also, aside from Vast Fame and Sintax, did anyone else make GBA bootlegs? I think I once saw a GBA cart with SKOB's 吞食天地III label but that probably was just a pirate cart with the label art stolen

2posted by taizou @ 2020-05-25 03:13:52

A few of Sintax's later GBA games were a bit more run-n-gun like and they made a couple of really simple racing games too. And yeah I think Vast Fame and Sintax were the only two companies making any kind of original GBA bootlegs, aside from simple stuff with PocketNES or whatever. The 吞食天地III cart is that game running in an emulator, I doubt SKOB had anything to do with making it.

3posted by anewkindofscience@yahoo.com @ 2020-05-25 05:31:43

Ah, thank you for clarification. I did see some things that sounded like racing games on Sintax GBA game lists but I always assumed they were just more platformers.

Also, have you seen this video?

I remember in an earlier post you were looking for the name of the Vast Fame Super Robot Wars game.

Also, I recently saw what appears to be a copy of Pokemon Crystal but in the style of a Makon cart. It had an ID number of GA097. Have you seen one of those before?

Sorry if I am asking a lot of questions, being under lock-down has left me a bit bored.

4posted by SuperfishMEMZ @ 2020-05-25 05:45:04

Keep seeing these stuffs dumped, and Sonic 3 Fighter Sonic was my most wanted one.
I wonder if there was any kind of Digimon Adventure full version in cartridge.
Also can you update the hhug.me/dump page? It can make people easy to find these stuff without finding your blog posts.

5posted by SuperfishMEMZ @ 2020-05-25 05:51:23

Sorry for multi-commenting, but I found out it has been updated.

6posted by taizou @ 2020-05-25 16:13:23

@anewkindofscience ah yeah I saw that video, still need to update my list with the actual name.
GA097 Pokemon Crystal is the "Vietnamese" translation AFAIK.

@SuperfishMEMZ there is a full version of Digimon Adventure yeah. I don't have it though.

7posted by anewkindofscience@yahoo.com @ 2020-05-25 16:43:19

@taizou Thank you

8posted by SuperfishMEMZ @ 2020-05-26 05:53:57

Also if you dumped Sintax's non-Digimon-Adventure-reskin games, you may hold it until Sintaxmas 2020

9posted by guyzis @ 2020-05-27 00:40:35

Weren't these on the forums by Rib?

10posted by El Vato @ 2020-05-27 03:13:01

Yooo! These rips are awesome! I remember seeing the rayman one on youtube, do you know if the ultra man one has been dumped yet?
Keep up the great work! 👍

11posted by guyzis @ 2020-05-27 16:03:12

What about the Donkey Kong one?

12posted by taizou @ 2020-05-29 01:18:53

yeah these are Rib's dumps reposted with permission, I mentioned that at the top of the post

Ultraman is coming soon, Donkey Kong is probably coming later

13posted by guyzis @ 2020-05-29 19:03:39

Hmm. Fine then.
Question: wasn't there also an X-Men one? Don't remembe anything about it but I think I saw it somewhere, but no vids of it.

14posted by anewkindofscience@yahoo.com @ 2020-05-29 21:31:41


The X-Men one is on the Handheld Underground YouTube channel. You can find it by clicking on the menu button on this site and clicking on hhug YouTube

15posted by guyzis @ 2020-05-31 13:22:44

Question, mr(s). anewkindofscience@yahoo.com, do you have any relationships with forum user 瓜瓜龍?

16posted by guyzis @ 2020-05-31 15:51:14

Never mind, you're the same person.

17posted by Boyfriend @ 2020-05-31 19:56:38

Random question, do you happen to have the ROM for "Pocket Monsters Crystal Chikorita"? I can't find this ROM. I hope you can help me out 🙂

18posted by anewkindofscience@yahoo.com @ 2020-05-31 22:55:39


That game's ROM currently does not work on emulators due to copy protection. If you'd like, I could send you the non-working raw dump of the game

19posted by ? @ 2020-06-01 06:18:11

@anewkindofscience yes please, I would love that. My gmail is velezj.93@gmail.com 🙂

20posted by guyzis @ 2020-06-01 11:12:07

I'm probably guessing that copy protection is currently unemulated.

21posted by anewkindofscience@yahoo.com @ 2020-06-02 04:45:01


Ok, I just sent the file. Be sure to check your spam folder as well. I sent it with the email address that I use as a username

22posted by anewkindofscience@yahoo.com @ 2020-06-02 04:54:01


Also: I forgot to mention that every SKOB game that I own aside from the one I sent you used BBD's copy protection

23posted by guyzis @ 2020-06-02 11:10:15

anewkindofscience, would you have the second part of Super Robot Wars Final? It was split into 2 parts accordin to wiki, yet I only have the first one. That is, assuming there truly exists a second part. Send me a PM on the forums please.

24posted by anewkindofscience@yahoo.com @ 2020-06-02 16:15:08


Super Robot Wars F the SKOB game? There is a part 2 but I do not have it

25posted by guyzis @ 2020-06-04 13:28:35

OK then. BTW haven't found any infos on Garou on how to activate that second title

26posted by Hedgeknuck @ 2020-07-20 17:27:30

I don't know if you knew, but Sonic 3 Fighter Sonic had a Russian version

27posted by guyzis @ 2020-09-06 21:05:08

@Hedgeknuck I'll throw in my coin that Russia and China must have really weak copyright laws, and that they were big markets for bootlegs. Know this since Brazil's dictatorship meant that all products had to be fabricated in our country which was a big gate for bootlegs. I don't know for those other two :p but must be similar

28posted by megamanxexe @ 2020-09-26 09:15:01

man sonic battle 2 looks great

29posted by Hedgeknuck @ 2020-10-15 08:47:55

@guyzis Now much better XD
The last time I saw pirated content even in not the most developed cities in the year was 2013. Bootleg games (Most of the pirated content is low quality translations) is almost impossible to find even at flea markets. But I have a Russian version of Rayman 4.