[Update] Bids on rare Nintedo World Championships cart were driven up by trolls
Update 2: After reaching out to the seller, Wired reporter Chris Kohler was told the highest bidder “flaked out” and is refusing to pay up the $99,902, thus rending the entire auction pointless.
Editor's Note: A lot has happened since Adam originally posted this story last night, as the auction wrapped up about an hour ago and boy did this cart bring in a lot of bids during its last day. When all was said and done, it was sold for a whopping $99,902, which is nearly three times what some have asked for bundles containing it and its even rarer gold cartridge counterpart!
Any game collector, or anyone who has seen the Angry Video Game Nerd’s excellent episode on the subject, knows 1990’s Nintendo World Championships is one of the most sought after games of all time. However, one of the original 116 cartridges is currently up for auction, drawing in bids well over $10k.
Posted by Ebay user, Muresan, whose sadly ridding his collection after 25 years, currently has the NWC original gray cartridge going for, as of writing, $14,100 on the auction site. From the pictures posted, the outside is in pretty rough shape, with the label completely torn off, however the insides appear to be fully functional; not that anyone would risk playing it anyway.
Speaking of the contents, for those who don’t know, Nintendo World Championships includes a trio of games: Super Mario Bros., Rad Racer, and Tetris, each altered include short challenges. Nintendo used the game to host a competition across the United States in the early 90s, giving players a little over 6 minutes to rack up a high score. Whilst many reproduction carts are available today, 90 gray cartridges -such as the one in the auction- were given to the competition’s finalists. The remaining 26 copies were given away through a Nintendo Power contest and were given a golden paint.
Check out the auction HERE and let me know what you think, g1s? Will you be crazy enough to bid? Or do you cease to see the game’s value? Leave your thoughts in the comment section down below!