You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to SpringfieldNewsSun.com

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.

GREAT REASONS TO SUBSCRIBE TODAY!

  • IN-DEPTH REPORTING
  • INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING
  • NEW TOPICS & COVERAGE
  • ePAPER
X

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and interactive features. Starting at just 99c for 8 weeks.

X

Welcome to SpringfieldNewsSun.com

Your source for Clark and Champaign counties’ hometown news. All readers have free access to a limited number of stories every month.

If you are a News-Sun subscriber, please take a moment to login for unlimited access.

Rare Nintendo cartridge going for thousands on eBay


A super rare Nintendo game cartridge could sell for a small fortune in an eBay auction. With just over 24 hours to go, the game collectors call "the holy grail" is fetching over $20,000.

This Nintendo World Championship cartridge for the Nintendo Entertainment System was given out at the first Nintendo World Championships tournament in 1990. With only 116 cartridges in circulation, the auction is attracting both collectors and casual gamers alike. (Via eBay)

But as far as mint condition goes, this prize has seen better days.

With the original label ripped off, all that remains is the word "Mario" handwritten in pen. (Via eBay)

It's an odd game to be so highly-valued: The cartridge holds only the first levels of three different games, and gameplay lasts just under seven minutes. But enthusiasts say it's about what the game and the Championships signified.

"Battling the best, with the magic of the mind, in six minutes, 21 seconds of intense action and when that smoke clears, three world champions will stand tall as the best in the world." (Via Nintendo)

"It was the first significant video game competition of its kind in the U.S., but it also represented something larger. Video games and Nintendo had now become an everyday part of children’s lives, and now, there was no turning back." (Via YouTube / Pat the NES punk)

There's only one game valued above the Championships cartridge in the world of video game collecting: Stadium Events. According to Computer and Video Games, there's likely to only be 10 copies on the market.

And in 2010, a copy went for over $40,000 on eBay, though the buyer never completed the transaction. The Championships cartridge could go for even more, if it were one of the 26 golden copies given away through a Nintendo Power magazine contest. (Via Kotaku)

But even with the gray plastic and missing label, this cartridge would set a record. According to PriceCharting, a gold copy of the game went for a mere $18,000 in 2009.

- See more at Newsy



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Nation World

Melania Trump's inauguration dress evokes Jackie Kennedy
Melania Trump's inauguration dress evokes Jackie Kennedy

In a look that crossed party lines, Melania Trump wore her admiration for Jackie Kennedy on her sleeves Friday morning as she swept into view on the day of her husband’s inauguration in a sky blue suit dress that channeled Kennedy’s dove gray inaugural outfit 56 years earlier. >> Read more trending stories During...
VICTIM’S FAMILY: God has a purpose...through this tragedy
VICTIM’S FAMILY: God has a purpose...through this tragedy

The 16-year-old victim in the West Liberty Salem High School shooting is identified as Logan Cole. He remains in critical but stable condition at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus according to hospital officials speaking on behalf of his family.  Logan Cole’s family released a statement late Friday afternoon: “We are thankful...
WSU expects fewer foreign students due to ‘Trump effect’
WSU expects fewer foreign students due to ‘Trump effect’

Wright State expects to enroll fewer international students in the short term because of what provost Tom Sudkamp referred to in a trustees meeting on Friday as “the Trump effect.” Sudkamp made the comment, which he said is “commonly used” in higher education, just hours after the inauguration of Donald Trump as the nation&rsquo...
New degrees could help with Wright State’s budget problems
New degrees could help with Wright State’s budget problems

New degrees at Wright State will offer more options for students but also another source of revenue for the cash-strapped university. Wright State officials took steps Friday to add a new bachelor’s degree program in neuroscience and another in business entrepreneurship, which combined could eventually net the university more than $1.4 million...
First lady Melania Trump: 5 things to know about her inauguration look
First lady Melania Trump: 5 things to know about her inauguration look

The inauguration of President Donald Trump drew hundreds of thousands of spectators, but many had their eyes on First Lady Melania Trump. What would she wear? How will she style her hair? Here's a breakdown of her inauguration look: As is customary for many incoming first ladies, Trump wore clothes by an American designer. Harper's Bazaar reported ...
More Stories