I have two copies of the game: one with the "A" imprint on the back, and one without. Without having the tools to open up the cart and without planning to get the tools in the future (I'm not a dumper and don't plan to be one), is there a way to confirm early in-game whether the latter cart is for sure, the initial release or not? I don't know if I recall it correctly, but I think the initial release had bugs or something similar. If true, then identification of the respective carts should be easier.
Perhaps "Yakushi Kabuto" (if I remember his name correctly) from France (if I remember his nationality correctly) can assist? He is, after all, the one who released the initial FFIV release for No-Intro several years ago. I think he went through 100+ Rev A FFIV carts or something. It's like trying to find a needle in a haystack!
Found his release thread: viewtopic.php?f=7&t=658
Re: SNES New Dump - Y~K's Super Famicom \ Yakushi~Kabuto on 30th December 2007, 17:29 wrote:
Final Fantasy IV (Japan)
A little history. Final Fantasy IV (Japan) had a bug in the program which was discovered very shortly after the release, a Revision A has quickly replaced the initial release in stores. The initial release is now extremely hard to find. According to the data I gathered, there is an average of 100 Rev A carts for every initial release cartridge. Some japanese hoarders are also stocking initial release cartridges to decrease the chance of finding it.