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

Troopers seize 22 pounds of pot, 12 pounds of THC edibles worth more than $150K
Troopers seize 22 pounds of pot, 12 pounds of THC edibles worth more than $150K

A traffic stop this week led troopers to seize more than $150,000 in marijuana and edibles containing THC, the chemical responsible for the psychological effects of pot. Adam R. Bye, 25, of Taylor, Michigan, was stopped at 1:25 p.m. Tuesday on Interstate 75 in Shelby County for a turn signal violation, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol. Troopers...
Gunman targets Security National Bank in Springfield
Gunman targets Security National Bank in Springfield

Springfield police investigators remain on the scene after an armed robbery happened late this morning at Security National Bank in Springfield. The robbery was reported around 1:45 p.m., shortly before the noon Saturday closing time at the bank, 1756 N. Limestone St., when a man with a gun approached a teller. The suspect possibly fled in a red Chevrolet...
Active shooter training factor in West Liberty-Salem HS shooting
Active shooter training factor in West Liberty-Salem HS shooting

A flood of panicked calls started pouring in to the Champaign County Sheriffs office at 7:36 a.m. Friday, reporting an active shooter on the premises at West Liberty-Salem High School, but little else, according to Senior Dispatcher Robin Ballard. RELATED: West Liberty shooting rocks community. Ballard said she and two other Champaign County dispatchers...
Stafford: News-Sun morgue alive at Heritage Center
Stafford: News-Sun morgue alive at Heritage Center

The morgue is alive again. It’s not alive in quite the same way it was when I habitually slipped in and out of it on the third floor of the News-Sun Building. Still, in the roughly 100 boxes shelved in the Clark County Heritage Center library, the largest body of its material is available to the public. Those who aren’t arthritic journalists...
Deadly storm tears through Mississippi
Deadly storm tears through Mississippi

A severe storm — including a tornado — tore through southern Mississippi early Saturday, damaging several buildings in Hattiesburg. At least four people have been killed. A search and rescue operation continues in Hattiesburg, Mayor Johnny DuPree said. Most of the damage appeared to be in the downtown's outskirts, DuPree told CNN. A fire...
More Stories