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I can talk to Mr. Game, and he gives me the Coin Case. When I walk to the other side of the table to play, he says "Show me how you play and make my heart pound with excitement!" Then the screen fades to black and never comes back. The music still plays. Is there a way to fix this?

Are you on emulator?
I'm not, and I'm pretty sure it's a legit cartridge since I can trade.
I have a fake cartridge but it can still trade with real games. Where did you get the game? Most retailers sell fake HGSS cartridges but don't explicitly say they're fake. HGSS cartridges usually fetch for 100+ dollars
I believe this is where it came from: https://www.ebay.com/itm/334078591702?hash=item4dc8a2c2d6:g:IvcAAOSwvctg2bhD

Considering it costs around 20 dollars and is from ebay it might not be legit after all.
That listing is a fake cartridge

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Sorry, but the link you posted is to a fake cartridge, which is likely why it’s freezing.

Fake carts have issues loading certain areas if it wasn’t downloaded properly, in this case, the mini game wasn’t copied over. There’s nothing you can do to fix this, sorry.

Here’s a list I made a while ago to help identify fake carts.

  • Does it look new? Any wear? If it's lacking wear, it's probably fake. They don't make new old games.
  • Is the sticker slanted? If yes, it was hand-put on. This doesn't always mean it's fake, but it definitely means it's been tampered somehow.
  • The price. Gen 4 and 5 games are valuable, typically pricey.
  • The Quantity. If there's more than 10 for sale by the seller, assume it's fake.
  • If the seller claims it's new. Gen 4 and 5 games are too old to be new. If you find an unopened box copy, chances are it'll be for sale in the 100's

Here's some tips when buying old games:

  • Buy local. This way, you can test the game out to make sure it works.
  • Know the value of the game. Knowing the game's value in your area can help you know if you have a deal, or are about to be ripped off.
  • Signs of "aged" cartridges are good. Slight scratches and tear on it proves that it's been through a long, working life, make sure it works of course, but imperfections are a good thing when looking for authentic cartridges.
  • Seller's history. If you're buying online, make sure the seller has a good reputation, and isn't selling millions of the same game.

For your particular case, the seller is selling the games as “new” and sold nearly 200+ according to their history. Lots of red flags there (bolded the ones I can tell just from the listing).

Source: experience

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if you look at the seller, it's an independent seller. that isn't sold from nintendo. "Ships from and sold by Japan FAN Store."

The "view nintendo store" literally just means "look at other nintendo stuff." that does not mean its being sold by nintendo. Made by nintendo does not mean sold by them.

this also goes back into the part of my post where i said sellers can sell new versions of the game well into the hundreds. this is one of those examples. just because it's being sold as new does not mean it's a fake nor sold by nintendo. Is it made new? no. it was made a decade ago if authentic. but not being opened classifies a game as "new."

i'm well experienced in buying games online, and well versed in the collecting hobby.
Damn it your right
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The only thing I can think off is that your cartridge is fake, try lifting ur game card to a bulb of light and if it glows red then that is a legit cartridge, and also ur game card should be black not gray.

Source: experience and having a legit Pokemon Heartgold game