Extremely Rare Nintendo Game Could Fetch $100k on eBay
An extremely rare cartridge of Nintendo World Championships has gone on sale on eBay and is poised to fetch quite a staggering amount, according to Just Push Start.
As of this writing, the highest bid on eBay is $99,402.00.
The reason for this high price tag is due to the game's rare nature. Only about 116 copies of Nintendo World Championships were made in 1990. It was promoted across the country in a nationwide competition. The game itself was based on scoring points in three Nintendo Entertainment System games (Super Mario Bros., Rad Racer, and Tetris) within a time limit of six minutes and twenty-one seconds.
Of the 116 original copies, only about 90 are still in existence today.
The reason the game is so valuable is because it was never released in stores, according to Latin Post. If you wanted it, you had to win it, or at least convince someone who had it to give it to you.
In 2011, another copy of Nintendo World Championships went on sale. It was in much better condition than the one currently listed on eBay, but that copy only fetched $11,000.
Latin Post also reported that "at the rate the auction is going, this is turning out to be the most expensive video game ever sold. Previously, the record was held by Family Fun Fitness (at about $41,000)."
Chris Scullion, games editor for Computer and Video Games, gave the following analogy when asked about the cartridge's poor condition: "It's like finding the rarest Ferrari, but with a scratch -- you'd still buy it."