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Ultra-Rare NES Game On eBay, Bidding Now Over $5,800

Yes, I'm aware that we exclusively cover the PlayStation market. But we also love anything that's just silly cool in the gaming industry.

And this qualifies.

If you're a hardcore video game collector, you know there are some very difficult titles to locate. One of them is the extremely rare Nintendo World Championships for the NES. A grand total of 116 copies were manufactured and distributed back in 1990, and these were handed out to winners of a special competition. It was never available at retail, so it's tough to find.

Now, a copy has showed up on eBay. As you can see, the bids are over $5,800 now and there's still a ways to go, as the auction doesn't end until tomorrow. This is despite the ripped label on the cartridge, but seller "muresean" promises it's only cosmetic damage and the game works fine.

He added:

"The cart plays just fine and may some day be worth much more if someone decides to investigate a forensics lab's involvement to see if they can determine the official number by running tests on the cart."

Nintendo World Championships included abridged versions of Super Mario, Tetris, and Rad Racer. For the special competition, participants had to rack up the highest score possible in all three games in only 6 minutes. All 90 semi-finalists got a copy of the grey cartridge, while some golden cartridges were given to participants as part of a Nintendo Power promotion.

So, gonna ante up?

Tags: nintendo game, nintendo game auction, nintendo world championships

1/24/2014 10:59:17 AM Ben Dutka

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Comments (15 posts)

Vivi_Gamer
Friday, January 24, 2014 @ 11:29:08 AM
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What's worse is the seller has the cart opened up... I really cannot see why anyone would want to own this, even if it is a collectors piece the condition is far to damaged to be presentable...

So is this just a variation of 6 minute demos or full games on the cart... Not that it matters for that price of course.

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bigrailer19
Friday, January 24, 2014 @ 11:39:33 AM

I think you missed the point that it's ultra rare. It may not be worth that much to you, however being that you literally never see this game anywhere, means it's got value to others.

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Vivi_Gamer
Friday, January 24, 2014 @ 11:52:58 AM

It's ultra rare... But look at it... The cart has been opened up, it's in a real state, have they even confirmed it works... I just don't have a collectors mentality... To me this is garbage.

Last edited by Vivi_Gamer on 1/24/2014 11:53:20 AM

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Bonampak
Friday, January 24, 2014 @ 2:41:35 PM

@Ultimadesires

Another man's garbage is another man's treasure.

My brother has been collecting bumper stickers since the early 80's. Not sure why he started that. But he recently sold one bumper sticker for over $500.00 - Bumper stickers are garbage to me but hey, if someone wants to spend $500 on one, who am I to argue.

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Kryten1029a
Saturday, January 25, 2014 @ 7:05:03 PM

I don't think that they were ever boxed in the first place. Bigrailer is correct; it comes down to the rarity of the cart. In 2010, a copy of Bandai's Stadium Events went for $41,300! The generation that grew up playing games on the NES is it's mid to late 30s and not only do they want to recapture a part of their youth, but many have have a lot of disposable income and they're willing to spend it. Admittedly, it's a bit daft but collectors work by their own rules.

Edit: I just checked the eBay listing and the auction ended just shy of $100,000! At least the seller was generous enough to include free shipping! :P

Last edited by Kryten1029a on 1/25/2014 7:07:04 PM

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godsman
Friday, January 24, 2014 @ 1:08:02 PM
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The label was torn and the cartridge is opened. How do you determine it will work? Im sure ppl remember how hard it was to run these nes games without nlowing it every time you insert

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Neo_Aeon666
Friday, January 24, 2014 @ 2:50:15 PM
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lol it's at 10.1k at the moment XD crazy. Plus yeah kinda sad it doesnt look like he took good care of it XD

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Draguss
Friday, January 24, 2014 @ 8:20:07 PM
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So I was drinking a glass of water when I followed the link to find it now sitting at 30.5k. I nearly coughed my lungs out.

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broox9
Friday, January 24, 2014 @ 9:43:32 PM

That's it, I'll have to sell the 20+ NES games I still have (and the system). I have a couple of games that are rare. They may not be great, but I'd imagine they are rare. Like did ANYONE else play Nightshade? My dad bought it for me in like 1993 because it was a detective game


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crap Nightshade is only fetching $10 on ebay currently. I'll see what else I have

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BikerSaint
Friday, January 24, 2014 @ 9:54:53 PM
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It's 9:50PM EST here in the US, & the bid's now up to $32,800.

Holy bat sh!t

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BigT_1980
Saturday, January 25, 2014 @ 1:28:34 AM
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It's over 9,000!!!

Seriously it is at $55,000 right now. That is insane, especially for the condition it is in.

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___________
Saturday, January 25, 2014 @ 2:20:14 AM
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so a really nice brand new car, or a demo disc compilation in really poor condition.
wow, i know i always say a fool and his money are easily parted, the guys got more money than brains and such, but jesus tap dancing christ this gives a whole new meaning to the term insanity!

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Broady
Saturday, January 25, 2014 @ 4:57:27 AM
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just had a look at this - nearly $90,000!!!!
insane, imagine if it was mint condition...

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Brighat
Saturday, January 25, 2014 @ 10:25:39 AM
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This must be that game featured in The Wizard. Didn't Fred Savage play these three games in the movie?

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BigT_1980
Sunday, January 26, 2014 @ 3:24:15 PM
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$98.00 from being $100,000.00 dollars for this title. That is insane. That will never happen with digital. +1 for physical.

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