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It’s clear to see from the out­side that Puz­zle Bob­ble’s la­bel is dif­fer­ent from the le­git Metal Slug – the colours are wrong and the la­bel is made from a dif­fer­ent ma­te­rial to the oth­ers. Puz­zle Bob­ble was com­monly boot­legged due to its small size and pop­u­lar­ity. www.mvs-scans.com is a great re­source for check­ing la­bels and boards.

The boards inside are authen­tic SNK boards, but the high num­ber of EPROM chips here gives away the boot­leg na­ture of the game. Le­git­i­mate games do some­times have them (of­ten af­ter re­pair), but usu­ally only a cou­ple. What’s more, the ROM chips num­bered 044 show that this was orig­i­nally an Art Of Fight­ing car­tridge.

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