Nintendo World Championship cart attracts suspiciously high auction price

Would you pay nearly $100,000 for this? Some bidders on eBay say they would…

When I first heard word of a new grey Nintendo World Championship cartridge being put up for auction on eBay, I didn’t think much of it. True, the game is one of the rarest in existence, as it was given out only to 90 lucky winners of a nationwide contest in 1991. One only appears for sale publicly once every couple years or so. Other copies of the grey NWC cartridge have gone for over $10,000 at auction, placing it among the rarest and most valuable video games in existence.

Still, this version of the game is less collectible than the “holy grail” gold version (which was only given to 26 winners of a Nintendo Power contest), and the cart on offer is only in merely “acceptable” condition with a badly torn label. I figured that condition explained why the cartridge hadn’t even seen a single bid at its $5,000 asking price when I first stumbled onto it earlier this week.

What a difference a few days makes. With about seven hours to go, the auction has now attracted over 300 bids and an current asking price of over $98,000. That obliterates the previous record price for the sale of a single video game, which was set when a seemingly one-of-a-kind Legend of Zelda prototype cart sold for $55,000 in 2012.

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via Ars Technica


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