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Extremely rare Nintendo game up for grabs on Ebay

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAn exceptionally rare Nintendo game has hit the pages of Ebay with users bidding over US$94,200 for it thus far. If authentic, the game is said to be one of the 116 copies (90 gray and 26 gold) of ‘Nintendo World Championships’ made for a special event in 1990, and that never went on general sale.

The game had been created for the Nintendo Entertainment System (aka NES) and was designed to be given to winners of a competition, of which 90 semi-finalists received the gray cartridge. The game features shortened versions of the well-known classics Super Mario, Tetris and Rad Racer. NES was first released in 1983 and was the Super Mario developer’s first console.

Although the grey cartridge put on for auction since Friday is not in the best of conditions and has a ripped label that has the word ‘Mario’ written on it, the first bid made for it was an impressive $4,999. Nearly 290 bids have been made so far with the auction coming to a close in less than 8 hours.

In his description of the item, the auctioneer describes the poor condition of the cartridge as “unfortunate”, and says that whoever wrote on it “probably wrote on there long ago not having a clue what they actually had”.

Game experts however predict that the imperfection will not deter collectors from going all out to own it. “It’s like finding the rarest Ferrari but with a scratch – you’d still buy it,” says games editor for Computer and Video Games, Chris Scullion. He added that genuine copies of the game were hard to come by, and that the poor condition would not be too much of a deterrent to keen collectors. “They are considered the holy grail among Nintendo collectors.”



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