Skip to comments.Winning Bid on Super Rare NES Game is $99,902
Posted on 01/31/2014 4:05:51 PM PST by nickcarraway
[UPDATE] Following the publication of this story, a reporter for Wired spoke with the seller, who reportedly said the auction was bid up by trolls and the high bidder does not intend to pay up.
The original story is below.
$99,902 is the winning bid on the extremely rare NES game Nintendo World Championships that was auctioned off on eBay today.
Historically, that is an extremely high price for this item. For comparison, In 2011 another copy of the Nintendo World Championships fetched $11,000 on eBay, and that version was in much better condition.
This could very well be a fake bid, which are common on eBay. However, while the winning bidder's identity is kept confidential, a limited view of his eBay history shows that he has made 16 bids within the last 30 days on a total of nine items. The bidder also has a 100 percent positive feedback score of 775. Interestingly, the buyer was the first and last to bid on the item.
Finally, there is always the possibility that the entire auction is fake to begin with.
If this is a legitimate sale, the media attention around the auction significantly raised the value of the item. The auction was covered on all the games and technology websites you'd expect, as well as mainstream publications like the BBC.
As we reported when we first noticed the auction, only 116 copies of Nintendo World Championships were manufactured and were distributed in 1990 only to winners of a special competition. The game is considered one of the rarest and most valuable NES games in existence.
I kept all of my NES games, still have the console and the gun it came with(Nowadays a console would never come with a gun the gun haters would boycott them), have the Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis, Nintendo 64..I knew one day it would be worth money
Wow, you were really into it. Time to cash in.
I saw newly made retro Atari game consoles for sale before Xmas. Thanks nickcarraway.
Yeah I should but I think only certain games rake in the big bucks..I dont think I ever had that game that sold for 11 grand, but I still have Mike Tyson’s Punchout and Bases Loaded, will have to see what else I have. I have them all saved in the garage I knew one day it would be worth something
If you want to give me $99k for my old Colecovision RIM cartridges, let me know.
“Pawn Stars” bought one of those cartridges. I can’t remember how much they paid, but it a steal compared to this.