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Another Nintendo World Championships 1990 Gray Cartridge found!

4 May

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Hey collectors! We got a big good news for you today! Seems like another super-rare NWC (Nintendo World Championship) gray cartridge has been found!

Maybe if your not really into collecting stuff, you could ask “what is it?”. Well, the Nintendo World Championships was a 1990 Nintendo-promoted video game competition that toured twenty-nine cities across the United States and for the competition, 116 special game cartridges were manufactured. 90 of these copies exist as the official gray cartridge and were given out to finalists after the championships concluded. The other 26 are gold and were given out as prizes in a separate contest held by Nintendo Power magazineEach gray cartridge has a unique number making the cartridge easier to track and difficult to counterfeit. However, the gold cartridges have no unique identification numbers and are difficult to track and authenticate.

The Nintendo World Championships 1990 game cartridge is considered to be the most valuable NES cartridge released and one of the rarest (second only to Stadium Events). Because fewer gold cartridges were manufactured, they are rarer and demand a higher price than the gray cartridges. Those special cartridges have been described as the “holy grail” of console game collecting.

And here we go, an amazing piece of grey plastic valuable around $10.000!

As we can understand from the video, this specific gray cartridge is now in Italy (seems they like to collect a lot in there) in the hands of a Gamescollection.it community member and was won by Shannon Webster in the Denver NWC back in 1990.

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Woman buys an old NES game worth $15k for only $7.99 at Goodwill

17 Apr

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Just imagine to walk in your local Goodwill (or CeX or whatever sells used stuff in your city) and among all the usual garbage you find the holy grail! Yep, that’s what happened today to a North Carolina woman…she just bought an ultra-rare copy of Stadium Events for $7.99 at her local Goodwill.

What is Stadium Events and why it’s so rare? Well, in this case Wikipedia is your friend, by the way the North American, or NTSC, version of Stadium Events is universally accepted as the rarest licensed NES game out there (Yep, there are grey and gold NWCs, that’s why we said “licensed”). The reason for its rarity is due to limited production and sales. At the time of its launch in 1987, Stadium Events was only available from limited stores. In 1988, Nintendo purchased the North American rights to the FFF mat technology and re-released it as the Power Pad.

The two Family Fun Fitness-branded games that had already been released, as well as Bandai’s version of the running pad accessory, were pulled from shelves and presumed destroyed. Because of this odd sequence of events, only 2000 copies are believed to have been produced, of which it is estimated that 200 copies reached consumers before being recalled. Today, collectors who follow the online sale of rare video games believe that fewer than 20 complete copies of the game exist, only two of which are known to be factory sealed.

Said so, let’s continue with our fairytail. The unknown (but so damn lucky) woman, took the cartridge with a bunch of other garbage games to a local video games stores in order to raise some money. The clerck of the store nearly fainted seeing the holy grail. He reported that the game isn’t sealed, but in mint condition, evaluating the item around $15k.

The woman said that she will be getting it VGA graded, so we might see it on eBay sometime soon.

Our thoughts and prays are now for the poor and disgraced guy that originally took the game to Goodwill…