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Old 01-24-2014, 02:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
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'Super-rare' Nintendo game hits ebay

Per BBC - wow!

An extremely rare Nintendo game is expected to fetch thousands of dollars in an eBay auction.


Only 116 copies of Nintendo World Championships were ever made, as part of a special event in 1990.


The first bid came in at $4,999 (3,000), but the game is likely to fetch more, one Nintendo expert said.


Unfortunately for collectors, the cartridge is in poor condition - with a ripped label and "Mario" written on it in ballpoint pen.


"This is quite unfortunate but happened many decades ago," explained the seller in his description of the "super-rare" item, adding that whoever wrote on the label did not have "a clue what they actually had".


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Created for the Nintendo Entertainment System - better known as NES - Nintendo World Championships was designed for a competition, and never went on general sale.


The game features shortened versions of three classics - Super Mario, Tetris and Rad Racer.



Competition entrants were given six minutes to amass points on the games, with whoever came top winning a trophy, a trip to Universal Studios and various other prizes. A detailed history of the contest and its winners .


Each of the 90 semi-finalists was given a grey cartridge like the one now up for auction.



Rarer still are the "golden" cartridges of the same game, sent out as part of a separate competition by Nintendo Power magazine.


Genuine copies of the game are hard to come by, and so the poor condition would not be too much of a deterrent to keen collectors, predicted Chris Scullion, games editor for Computer and Video Games.


"It's like finding the rarest Ferrari but with a scratch - you'd still buy it.
"They are considered the holy grail among Nintendo collectors."


In 2011, the same game sold at a charity auction for $11,000 (6,600) - but it was in better condition.



The auction is set to end on 25 January.
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Nice, it's sitting on a 10K USD bid right now.

If I had one, I'd be constantly uncomfortable about the exposed PCB on the window for the switches.
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Old 01-24-2014, 03:15 PM   #3 (permalink)
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You gotta be a little crazy to pay 10k for a beat up old game that plays shortened versions of common games.
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Old 01-24-2014, 04:16 PM   #4 (permalink)
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That is a shame. The thing is a disaster.
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It's up to almost 100k now...
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What the heck? The mint ones don't go for that much.
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It's probably because it was hyped up in the news.
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There was a time I could have bought that for $300 at a swap meet. LOL
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Looking through the bid history, it's pretty clear that bid bots have been manipulating the price upwards.
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bid bots?
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Yeah. Check out the record, it happens multiple times.

Member Id: n***e( 8 ) US $66,900.00Jan-25-14 00:09:23 PST
Member Id: n***e( 8 ) US $66,500.00Jan-25-14 00:09:08 PST
Member Id: n***e( 8 ) US $66,000.00Jan-25-14 00:08:52 PST
Member Id: n***e( 8 ) US $65,109.00Jan-25-14 00:08:35 PST
Member Id: n***e( 8 ) US $64,109.00Jan-25-14 00:08:15 PST
Member Id: n***e( 8 ) US $63,700.00Jan-25-14 00:07:57 PST
Member Id: n***e( 8 ) US $63,500.00Jan-25-14 00:07:39 PST


Member Id: o***o( 1 ) US $89,900.00Jan-25-14 01:56:38 PST
Member Id: o***o( 1 ) US $89,700.00Jan-25-14 01:56:22 PST
Member Id: o***o( 1 ) US $89,500.00Jan-25-14 01:56:07 PST
Member Id: o***o( 1 ) US $89,300.00Jan-25-14 01:55:50 PST

All consecutively, by low rated bidders, and only a few minutes or seconds apart, increasing the price at regular amounts with no opposing bids in between.
Just wait until the final seconds to see if the price goes up dramatically as bid bots go in the final moments. 1 hour left.
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Think it's the seller? Other than shilling don't see a reason to jack it up
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What edition is it? There were 3 different Carts , Grey , Silver And Gold, Gold being the rarest of course.
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It's a grey cart.

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It's sold, just shy of 100k, unbelievable.

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Now let's see what this one in good condition goes for lol:
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Fools and their money are soon parted.
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A.V.G.N. had it right, then.

The cart was inspired by The Wizard, and I suppose that gives it a special place in Gamer History but as just a game .. pretty boring in my opinion.


Looking back, and speaking as one who lived in the Dark Ages {before Internet, that is} the idea of being involved in such a contest would have been exiting!
To be honest, back in those days almost anything remotely interactive was exiting .. like I said, it was the Dark Ages ..
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Yes thats absolutely crazy for the most common cart, Outrageous!

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"The unfortunate reality is the second I approached the winning buyer with payment options, they retracted their bid claiming it was a “mistake.” I’m not offering the item to other bidders in the auction to see if any of them are honorable individuals. It may take me a while but that’s about all I can do for now. It would be nice if eBay were more seller-friendly, rather than 100% buyer protection focused."

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Not much different than what Tenser just posted but someone from our local Arcade group sent them an email.

I emailed the seller and asked if the high bid was real.


Thanks for the question!! It did sell for that much but the top bidder backed down immediately so now I'm going down the list to find the first honorable individual. This should be a very painful ride for the next however long it takes to find a real bid. Some people just have no ethical backbone whatsoever. And ebay is great for the buyer, not so great for the seller.

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It was probably a mistake because they were just hoping to troll the bids until someone else paid a crazy amount.
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Re: 'Super-rare' Nintendo game hits ebay

Either that or people were making fake bids for the fun of it since it was covered by the media pretty well.
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Old 01-27-2014, 03:24 PM   #22 (permalink)
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Re: 'Super-rare' Nintendo game hits ebay

Yup, either his bots backfired, or it was trolls. Either way he should have seen it coming, in that condition, I'd say a winning bid of maybe 2k is appropriate.

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Anyone who thought this would actually sell on eBay is insane.
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Haha, damn....

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Here's a gold cart with a missing lable up to 33k:
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Aaaaaaaaaanddd... it's up to over 100k, lol, looks like selling your NES WC carts over Ebay is a thing of the past.
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