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Thursday, April 7, 2011

Nintendo World Championship Grey Cartridge auctions for huge price, no one buys

The incridibly rare NES game, Nintendo World Championship recently went up for sale on eBay with a whopping starting price of $10,000!
Unsurpisingly, it ended at that price as well.
That of course must be asking way too much, even if there was only 90 ever created. This just goes to show that collectors simply aren't willing to pay that much.

The reason why there is only 90 of these little bastards is because they were only ever used for a competition.
Supposedly only about half of these have ever turned up, so that means others have either been thrown away or may spring up in a thrift store or someones garage sale one day. Hopefully some lucky bastard who knows its worth something will pick one up and we'll see more bids, hopefully at lower prices as well.

Here is bit from the eBay sellers description:
1990 Nintendo World Championship Game # 81.  
I am the original owner/recipient of this game. Yes I was a Finalist and one of the very few Female Finalists.. It is in really Good Condition and works.

There were only 90 of these Grey Cartridges made and is considered one of the rarest and most Valuable NES Games specialized game cartridge designed specifically for the contest. Officially, a player has 6 minutes and 21 seconds to play, which is divided up into three minigames. The first minigame of the competition is to collect 50 coins in Super Mario Brothers,The next minigame is a version of Rad Raceer where players must complete a specialized Nintendo World Championship course. The final minigame is Tetris,and this lasts until time expires. Once time does expire, a player's score is totaled using the following formula:
(Super Mario Bros.) + (Rad Racer x 10) + (Tetris x 25) = final score
You can see the bid here although its has finished. You can guarantee that you'll see it up again and it will probably be at a lower bidding price as well. Stay tuned for more on this story.

1 comment:

  1. I can't imagine there were only 90 made, as I think there was a bank of 200 terminals to play at during the competition. Only 90 were given out though (to the 30 finalists in the 3 age divisions) so the fate of the rest is unknown.