Nintendo Lot Check ROM Leak

Edit on Github | Updated: 13th September 2020

Since Nintendo controls manufacturing of all official games they have a process called Lot Check that ensures the games quality before manufacturing. Every game ever officially released for their platform has had to go through the Lot Check process in order to achieve the Nintendo Seal of Quality.

Lot Check Lists

In the Pokemon Leak on the 4th of September 2020 a bunch of excel spreadsheets were uploaded into the /misc folder, these contained the full list of all games that have gone through the Nintendo Lot Check process for most systems up until the Nintendo DS.

Name Description
MIN_data.xls Pokemon Mini Lot Check
AGB_data.xls Game Boy Advance Lot Check
CGB_data.xls Game Boy Color Lot Check
DMG_data.xls Game Boy Lot Check
FileList.csv NES Lot Check with less columns
HNPdata_List.xlsx NES Lot Check
NTR_data.xls Nintendo DS Lot Check
NUD_data.xls Nintendo 64DD Lot Check
S-ROY_data.xls SNES late release games with Royalties
SHNP_data.xls SNES Lot Check
TWL-DW_data.xls DSiware lot Check
TWL-Hyb_data.xls Nintendo DSi Hyb? lot Check
TWL-Ltd_data.xls Nintendo DSi Lot Check
VUE_data.xls Virtual Boy Lot Check

The GigaLeak (NES Lot Check released)

As part of the Gigaleak the full set of official Nintendo Lot Check ROMS were distributed online on 4Chan. They were located in an archive called Other.7z and the sub archive Famicom_NES.7z.

Contents of Famicom_NES.7z

When extracted from the archive, two folders are created:

  • HVC - Japanese Famicom ROMS
  • NES - US Nintendo Entertainment System ROMS

Note that in the NES Lot Check list (HNPdata_List.xlsx) it had 3 different codes, HVC, NES and PAL, but all the PAL content was not leaked during the Gigaleak.

HVC stands for Home Video Computer and was the codename for the Famicom during development, this is also the product code for all Japanese games.

ROM Format

The ROMS contained in the 2 main folders are not standard, e.g they are not .NES files and don’t have an iNES header. You can not just rename to .nes and run them in an emulator.

If you look at the internals of NES cartridge you will notice that there are in fact multiple ROM chips on board, known as PRG for Program code and CHR for Character Tiles (Graphics).

This is important as when manufacturing the cartridge Nintendo would need to have the data for both chips and thus the ROMS available in the Lot Check are split into these two parts.

In theory you could create an iNES header and merge the 2 parts into a .NES rom that would run in an emulator, but you might as well just get the rom elsewhere. It is only worth doing this for games that have never been dumped before, which is the topic of the next section.

The name format is:

{HVC or NES}{Abbreviation}{Revision_version}{P or C}.{Software_Number}

So for example for Kirby’s Adventure its Abbreviation is “KR”, it has 2 revisions of the program so you can choose either 0 or one for the revision version.

System = "NES"
Abbreviation = "KR"
Revision_version = 0
Software_Number = '073'

// Result
PRG_FileName = System + Abbreviation + Revision_version + "P." + Software_Number  // NESKR0P.073
CHR_FileName = System + Abbreviation + Revision_version + "C." + Software_Numbe // NESKR0C.073

You can find the Abbreviation, revision and software numbers in the HDPdata_List spreadsheet.

Un-released NES ROMS

As the Nintendo Lot Check process is only done during the final stages of development, don’t expect any beta or prototype games to be here.

However there is an occasional game that made it all the way to Lot Check phase but was then deemed too costly to physically manufacture. It is these games that make the Lot Check leak worthwhile.

New Revision ROMS

All computer programs have bugs, and NES games are no different, in some cases there were new patched versions of a game released with a higher revision number. A few of these never got physically manufactured such as 1:

  • Bridgestone Cycle: Radac Tailor-made (Japan)
  • Dragon Slayer Jr.: Romancia (Japan)
  • Family Computer Othello (Japan)
  • Nintendo World Cup (North America)
  • Roger Clemens’ MVP Baseball (North America)

Game Boy (DMG & GBC) Lot Check

The Game Boy Lot check including both original and Color games was released to the public on the 9th of September as part of the Platinum Leak. The content was available inside the platinum.7z file in an archive called dmg_sgb.7z.

Contents of dmg_sgb.7z

There are two folders at the top level of the archive which are:

  • DMG - lot Check ROMS are in here
  • SGB - Super Game Boy BIOS

For documentation on the SGB folder checkout the Cutting Room Floors article on it: Proto:Super Game Boy - The Cutting Room Floor

DMG Folder

The DMG (Dot Matrix Game) folder actually also contains GBC Roms too, it has the following folders in it:

  • 001~500 - first 500 games (.001 to .500)
  • 501~@00 - second 500 games (.501 to .@00)
  • @01~E00 - next 500 games (.@01 to .E00)
  • e01~j00 - next 500 games (.e01 to .j00)
  • J01~O00 - next 500 games (.j01 to .O00)
  • TestPRG - Test programs internal to Nintendo (MBC5 tester)
  • CGB - Game Boy color roms, also split into 2 folders of 500
  • MBC3_CGB - Documentation for Memory Bank Controller 3 for the Color Game Boy
  • NG - ?
  • POOL - ?
  • KENSA - Test Games (KENSA is Japanese word for test/inspection/examination.)

The games are numbered based on when they came into the Lot Check process so release dates can vary.

Not that because they use a 3 digit extension for the number, when it reached .999 it had to start using the alphabet as the first character, counting from @ to the letter O. The @ symbol comes before A but it is unclear why they did this, maybe to give an extra letter incase they ran out, but surely they would do that at the end after Z.

The NG folder contains games:

  • One Piece (J)
  • Yu-Gi-Oh (EU)
  • Yu-Gi-Oh (FR)
  • Wendy Der Traum Yon Arizona (GER)
  • Watashi no Restaurant (J)
  • Kanji Boy 3 (J)
  • Tonka Construction Zone (U)
  • Komugi-Chan no Cake o Tsukurou! (J)

The POOL folder contains games such as:

  • Edd the Duck
  • CutThroat Island (U)
  • NFL Quarterback Club ‘96 US
  • Alien Games 2044 AD (U)

Un-released Game Boy ROMS

As the Nintendo Lot Check process is only done during the final stages of development, don’t expect any beta or prototype games to be here.

However there is an occasional game that made it all the way to Lot Check phase but was then deemed too costly to physically manufacture. It is these games that make the Lot Check leak worthwhile. Unlike the NES Lot Check Leak, for the Game Boy there was a plethora of previously un-released games in the Lot Check set!

All Un-released and Un-dumped DMG ROMS

The table below contains all the previously unreleased ROMS for the original Game Boy (DMG). Some are from cancelled games, unreleased localisations and others are games that made it to retail but have never been dumped or released online.

Name Description
10-Pin Bowling (USA).gb Previously un-dumped
Aguri Suzuki F-1 Super Driving (Japan).gb Previously un-dumped
Alien Games (USA).gb Cancelled Game
All Star Tennis 2000 (AZTX) (Rev 0).gb Never released in AZTX?
All Star Tennis 2000 (USA) (Rev 0).gb Never released in USA
Asterix (USA).gb Never released in USA
Baby’s Day Out (USA).gb Cancelled Game 2
Bakusou Senki Metal Walker GB - Koutetsu no Yuujou (Japan) (Rev 1).gb New Revision
Beethoven (USA).gb Previously un-dumped
Berlitz German Language Translator (USA, Europe).gb Previously un-dumped
Berlitz Japan Language Translator (USA, Europe).gb Previously un-dumped
Bloomland.gb Never released
Bobby’s World (Europe) (Rev 0).gb Never released 3
Bobby’s World (USA) (Rev 0).gb Never released 3
Calculator-0.7.gb Never released
Card Games (USA).gb Never released in USA
Castelian (Japan).gb Previously un-dumped
Castle Quest (USA).gb Never released in USA
Chuugaku Eijukugo 350 (Japan).gb Previously un-dumped
Chuugaku Eitango 1700 (Japan).gb Previously un-dumped
Cutthroat Island (Japan).gb Never released in Japan
Dirty Racing (USA).gb Never released in USA
Disney’s Mulan (USA).gb  
Donkey Kong Land 2 (Japan).gb Game Boy Color re-release
Doomsayer - A Heros Crusade (USA).gb Previously un-dumped
Dragon Dance (Europe) (Rev 0).gb Was released for Game boy Color instead
Dragon Dance (USA) (Rev 0).gb Was released for Game boy Color instead
Dragon Quest Monsters - Terry no Wonderland (Japan) (Rev 1).gb Previously un-dumped
Dungeon Savior (Japan) (Rev 1).gb New revision
Edd The Duck.gb New never-released game based on Baby T-rex
Eurosport XS Racing (Europe).gb Never released
F1 Challenge (USA).gb Never released
Fastest Lap (USA).gb Previously un-dumped
Flappy Special (USA).gb Never released in USA
G1 King - 3 Biki no Yosouya (Japan).gb Never released
GB Slam Dunk (Japan).gb Released as Slam Dunk instead
Gakkyuu Ou Yamazaki (Japan).gb Previously un-dumped
Gameboy Gallery 2 (Japan).gb Previously un-dumped
Garfield Labyrinth (USA).gb This was released as The Real Ghostbusters in North America Instead
Gargoyle’s Quest II - The Demon Darkness (Europe).gb Never released in Europe
Gargoyle’s Quest II - The Demon Darkness (USA).gb Never released in USA
Golf King (Europe).gb Never released
Golf Robot (USA).gb Never released
Hammerin’ Harry - Ghost Building Company (USA).gb Never released in USA
Hello Kitty - PocketCamera (Japan).gb Never released
Hello Kitty’s Cube Frenzy (Europe).gb Never released in Europe
Hexcite (Europe).gb Previously un-dumped
Home Alone 2 - Kevin’s Dream (USA).gb Never released
Hudson Hawk (Europe).gb Never released in Europe
Hyper Lode Runner (Japan).gb Previously un-dumped
Itchy & Scratchy - Miniature Golf Madness (USA).gb Previously un-dumped
Jeep Jamboree (USA).gb Previously un-dumped
John Madden (USA).gb Never released
Jungle Strike (USA).gb Previously un-dumped
KICK ATTACK (Japan).gb Never released in Japan
Kaseki Reborn (Japan) (Rev 1).gb  
Kawa no Nushi Tsuri 4 (Japan) (Rev 1).gb New revision
Klustar (Japan).gb Never released in Japan (USA and Europe only)
Konchuu Hakase 2 (Japan) (Rev 1).gb New revision
LOPPI-KAN1 (Japan) (Rev 1).gb ?
LOPPI-KAN2 (Japan) (Rev 1).gb ?
LOPPI-KAN3 (Japan) (Rev 1).gb ?
Legend of the Sea King GB (USA).gb Never released in USA
Lunar Chase (USA).gb Never released
Mini Putt (Europe).gb Never released in Europe (Japan exclusive)
Mini Putt (USA).gb Never released in USA (Japan exclusive)
Momoiro Zousan (Japan).gb Never released
NBA In The Zone (USA).gb Released for Game Boy Color
NFL Quarterback Club 96 (Japan).gb Never released in Japan (USA and Europe only)
Nanonote (Japan) (Rev 1).gb New revision
Nemesis (USA) (Rev 1).gb New revision
Nick Faldo Championship Golf (USA).gb Never released
Ninja Spirit (Europe).gb Never released in Europe
Ninja Spirit (USA).gb Never released in USA
One Piece - Maboroshi no Grand Line Boukenki! (Japan) (Rev 0).gb New revision
One Piece - Maboroshi no Grand Line Boukenki! (Japan) (Rev 1).gb New revision
Oni 4 - Kishin no Ketsuzoku (Japan) (Rev 1).gb Previously un-dumped
POWERPAWS (USA) (P4X).gb Released as Cat Trap
POWERPAWS (USA) (PMX).gb Released as Cat Trap
Pac-Man (USA) (Rev 0).gb New revision
Pac-in-Time (Europe) (Rev 1).gb New revision
Palamedes (USA).gb Never released in USA (Europe and Japan only)
Pang (Europe).gb Previously un-dumped
Pocket Golf (USA).gb Never released in USA (Japan exclusive)
Pokemon Picross (Japan).gb Unreleased
Popeye (USA).gb Never released in USA (Japan exclusive)
Prince of Persia (Japan).gb Previously un-dumped
Pro Champ Fishing (Europe).gb Never released in Europe
Puchi Carat (USA).gb Never released in USA
Purikura Pocket 3 (Japan).gb Previously un-dumped
Puzznic (USA).gb Never released in USA (Japan exclusive)
R-Type II (Europe).gb Previously un-dumped
Rap Quest (USA).gb Never released
Robopon - Star Version (USA).gb Never released
Robot Ponkottsu - Sun Version (Japan) (Rev 0 Sample).gb Never released sample
Rockboard (Japan).gb Never released
SINGER-2 (Europe) (En,Fr,Es,Pt).gb Never released
SINGER-3 (Europe) (En,De,It,Nl).gb Never released
Sei Hai Densetsu (Japan).gb Previously un-dumped
Shanghai Pocket (Rev 0).gb New revision
Shanghai Pocket (Rev 1).gb New revision
Shikakui Atama wo Maruku Suru - Nanmon no Shou (Japan).gb Never released
Space Date (USA).gb Released as “Out of Gas” instead
Space Invaders (USA).gb Previously un-dumped
Speedball 2 - Brutal Deluxe (Japan).gb Previously un-dumped
Speedy Gonzales (Japan).gb Released as Soreyuke! Speedy Gonzales in Japan
Star Trek - The Next Generation (USA).gb Previously un-dumped
Stargate (Japan).gb Never released in Japan
Super James Pond (USA).gb Never released in USA (Europe exclusive)
Survival Kids 2 - Dasshutsu!! Futago Shima! (Japan) (Rev 1).gb New revision
Sutte Hakkun (Japan) (Rev 0).gb Never released
Sutte Hakkun GB (Japan) (Rev 0).gb Never released
Tale Spin (Europe) (Es).gb Never released Spanish version
Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles III - Radical Rescue (USA) (Rev 1).gb New revision
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III - Radical Rescue (USA) (Rev 1).gb New revision
Tesserae (USA).gb Previously un-dumped
Test Drive 6 (USA) (Rev 1).gb Released for Color Game Boy instead
The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle (USA).gb Previously un-dumped
The Flintstones - King Rock Treasure Island (Japan).gb Never released in Japan
The Jetsons Robot Panic (USA) (Rev 0).gb New revision
The Jetsons Robot Panic (USA) (Rev 1).gb New revision
The Lawnmower Man (USA).gb Never released in USA
The Little Mermaid (Europe) (Es).gb Never released Spanish version
The Sword of Hope (USA).gb Previously un-dumped
The XVII Olympic Winter Games - Lillehammer 1994 (USA) (Rev 1).gb New revision
Triple Ace (USA).gb Never released
Umi no Nushi Tsuri 2 (Japan).gb Previously un-dumped
Wordhai (USA).gb Never released
Wordtris (Europe) (De).gb Never released in Germany
Wordtris (Europe) (En).gb Never released in Europe
Wordtris (Europe) (Fr).gb Never released in France
Workboy (USA).gb Never released
World Cup Striker (Europe) (En,Fr,De).gb Never released in Europe
World Ice Hockey (USA).gb Never released in USA
ZAS (Europe).gb Never released in Europe
Zool (Japan).gb Never released in Japan

Bloomland (DMGB7A-0.288)

John Madden Football (DMGAJFE0)

Gargoyle’s Quest II (DMGRFE-0.828)

Golf King (DMGBGRP0.2) & Golf Robot (DMGBGRE0.1)

Hello Kitty Pocket Camera (GBDHKAJ0.2)

Home Alone 2 - Kevin’s Dream (DMGV6E-0)

Lunar Chase/X (DMGECE-0.477)

Nick Faldo Championship Golf (DMGNFE-0.372)

Rap Quest (DMGRQE-0.547)

Robopon (DMGHRCE0.2)

Sutte Hakkun (DMGASPJ0.2)

WorkBoy (DMGWYE-0.781)

RockBoard (DMGVOJ-0)


Un-released Game Boy Color ROMS

All Un-released GBC ROMS

The table below contains all the previously unreleased ROMS for the original Game Boy (DMG).

The table was generated from a file called newroms.7z was was released after the main leak.

Name Description
3D Pool Allstars (U).gbc  
AMF Bowling (U).gbc Cancelled Game
Absoloute X (EU).gbc Cancelled Game 4
Austin Powers Episode III (EU).gbc Cancelled Game
Austin Powers Episode IV (EU).gbc Cancelled Game
Billard Club (J).gbc Cancelled Game 5
Blue’s Clues - Blue’s Alphabet Book (U).gbc Previously un-dumped
Bomberman Selection (K) (Rev 1).gbc Previously un-dumped
Bomberman Selection (K).gbc Previously un-dumped
Bounced! (EU).gbc Cancelled Game 6
Card Captors Sakura (J).gbc  
Carmageddon (U).gbc  
Carmageddon TDR 2000 (EU).gbc Cancelled Game
Carnivale (U).gbc Cancelled Game 7
Carrera (EU).gbc Cancelled Game
Casper (U).gbc  
Catwoman (J).gbc Never released in Japan
Daikatana (U).gbc Never released in North America
David Beckham Soccer (U).gbc Never released in North America
Denki Blocks (U).gbc Never released in North America
Di Gi Charat (J).gbc Cancelled Game
Donkey Kong Country (U).gbc  
E.T The Extraterrestrial (EU).gbc Cancelled Game
Equestriad 2001 (EU).gbc Cancelled Game
F-18 Thunder Strike (U).gbc Never released in North America
F1 Racing Championship (U).gbc Never released in North America
F1 World Grand Prix (J) (Rev 1).gbc Never released in Japan
F1 World Grand Prix (J).gbc Never released in Japan
Formula One 2000 (EU).gbc Never released in EU
Gameboy Wars III (J).gbc  
Ganso! Doubutsu uranai (J).gbc Cancelled Game
Gift (EU).gbc Never released in EU
Gifty (GER).gbc Never released in Germany
Gimmick Land (J).gbc Cancelled Game
Grand Casino (J).gbc Cancelled Game
Hajimari no Mori (J).gbc Cancelled Game
Hello Kitty Pocket Camera (J).gb Cancelled Game
Heroes of Might & Magic (U).gbc  
Hydro Cross (U).gbc Cancelled Game
Jeremny McGarth Supercross 2000 (J).gbc Never released in Japan
Jibaku Kun Twelve World Story (J).gbc Cancelled Game
Jimmy White’s Cueball (U).gbc Never released in North America
Jissen no Yakudatsu Tsumego (J).gbc  
Kanji Boy 3 (J).gbc  
Kanji Shishuu (J).gbc Cancelled Game
Kirby Family (J).gbc Cancelled Game (Sewing Patterns)
Komugi-Chan no Cake o Tsukurou! (J) (Rev 1).gbc Cancelled Game
Komugi-Chan no Cake o Tsukurou! (J).gbc Cancelled Game
Lemmings (EU).gbc Never released in EU
MBC3 Test ROM 16M Model.gb Internal Only Tool
MBC5 Tester Ver7.08 (16m).gb Internal Only Tool
MBC5 Tester Ver7.08 (2m).gb Internal Only Tool
MBC5 Tester Ver7.08 (32m).gb Internal Only Tool
MBC5 Tester Ver7.08 (4m).gb Internal Only Tool
MBC5 Tester Ver7.08 (64m).gb Internal Only Tool
MBC5 Tester Ver7.08 (8m).gb Internal Only Tool
MBC5 Tester Ver99.6 (1m).gb Internal Only Tool
Magi-Nation Keeper’s Quest (U).gbc Cancelled Game
Max Steel (U).gbc Cancelled Game
Mission Bravo (U).gbc Cancelled Game
Mission Impossible (EU).gbc Previously not dumped
Monster Traveler (J).gbc Previously not dumped
Mystery Dungeon Shiren the Wanderer GB2- Sabaku no Majou (J).gbc Previously un-dumped
NBA Show Time (U).gbc  
Playmobil Laura (EU) (Rev 1).gbc Never released in EU
Playmobil Laura (EU).gbc Never released in EU
Pocket GT (U).gbc Cancelled Game
Pocket Music (U).gbc  
Primera División Stars 2001 (SP).gbc Never Released in Spain
Pro Pool (U).gbc  
Qix Adventure (U).gbc Never released in North America
RPG Tsukuru GB (J).gbc Previously un-dumped
Runelords (U).gbc Cancelled Game
Shin Megami Tensei- Devil Children (J).gbc Previously un-dumped
Space-Net Cosmo Neo (J).gbc Previously un-dumped
Spy vs. Spy (EU).gbc Never released in EU
Spy vs. Spy (U).gbc Previously un-dumped
Street Fighter Alpha - Warriors Dreams (EU).gbc Never Released in EU
Suzuki Alstare Extreme Racing (U).gbc Never Released in North America
Swing (EU).gbc Previously un-dumped
Sylva 2 (J).gbc Cancelled Game
Taxi 2 (EU).gbc Previously un-dumped
The Little Mermaid II- Pinball Frenzy (J).gbc  
The New Adams Family (EU).gbc  
The Powerpuff Girls- Bad Mojo Jojo (IT).gbc Never Released in Italy
The Powerpuff Girls- Bad Mojo Jojo (UK).gbc Never Released in UK
The Powerpuff Girls- Paint the Townsville Green (UK).gbc Never Released in UK
Tiny Toon Adventures- Dizzy’s Candy Quest (U).gbc Never Released in North America
Tonka Construction Zone (U).gbc Previously un-dumped
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater (J).gbc Never released in Japan
Top Gear Pocket 2 (J).gbc Never released in Japan
Top Gear Pocket 2 (U).gbc Previously un-dumped
Towers II- Plight of the Stargazer (U).gbc Cancelled Game
VR Sports Powerboat Racing (U).gbc Cancelled Game
Vegas Games (U).gbc Previously un-dumped
Watashi no Restaurant (J) (Rev 1).gbc Previously un-dumped
Watashi no Restaurant (J) (Rev 2).gbc Previously un-dumped
Watashi no Restaurant (J).gbc Previously un-dumped
Wendy Der Traum Yon Arizona (GER).gbc Previously un-dumped
Xtreme Wheels (J).gbc Never released in Japan
Yakouchuu GB (J).gbc  
Yu-Gi-Oh (EU).gbc Never released in EU
Yu-Gi-Oh (FR).gbc Never released in France

Austin Powers Episode 3 (CGBBA3P0.3) & 4 (CGBBA4P0.0)

Gimmick Land/Tomato Adventure (KENSA\CGBBAKJ0.0)

Hajimari no Mori (CGBAHJJ0.1)

Kanji Shishuu / Kanji Embroidery (CGBBKBJ0.0)

Kirby Family (CGBBJVJ0.0)

Pokémon Picross (DMGAKVJ0.1)


Nintendo DSi

While not quite a Lot Check release, you might also be interested in the DSiWareROM.rar archive from the Platinum leak as it contains a ton of DSiWare ROMS in TAD format.

These were sent to iQue for localisation for the Chinese market and were presumably taken from the Lot Check archive by Nintendo SPD.

Nintendo DsiWare Leak

For more information on the files inside the DsiWare archive check out this post.


References