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Gold Nintendo World Championships Sells for $17,500

Posted by Corbie Dillard

But parting with that much cash wasn't the only tough thing the buyer had to face.

You might remember that someone recently listed a gold Nintendo World Championships NES cartridge for sale on eBay for a whopping $25,000. Well that cart has finally sold, albeit for a bit less money, and it seems the buyer had to go through quite an ordeal in order to finally own the holy grail of video game collecting.

I recently bought Nintendo World Championships Gold and was able to reunite the Gold and Gray cartridges together. I'm sure they missed each other. The process of getting the Gold cartridge was actually pretty interesting and full of emotional highs and lows so I thought I would share it with the VGPC readers.

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Corbs said:

I know what it felt like to part with $1500 for one game and that hurt bad enough. I can't imagine tossing $17,500 at one game. No matter what it was.



Corbs said:

I bought a Cave shooter kit for my Egret 2 cabinet called Mushihimesama Futari. I don't think I could ever pay that much for one game again.



madgear said:

I don't get it - what's so great about it? Is it just because it's rare? I have some rare titles myself but I only spent like £10 on them when they were first released - as much as I love them, I'd never even consider paying over £100 for any of them (even though some are worth that now).

I just don't think a game is worth that price - rare and collectable or not. Granted if someone were to pay me a ridiculous amount for one of my games I'd gladly accept though - any offers?



Chunky_Droid said:

holy crap, most I've bought for a game was $150 bucks for a Popeye NES game that was only released in Japan.

Most I've sold in one game was Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories on DS for $210, though I've been offered $400 for my complete copy of Paper Mario on N64



Corbs said:

I wasn't aware Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories and Paper Mario were rare. Hell I've got a brand new Paper Mario that I got at a Toys R Us clearance sale years ago.



Machu said:

Shameful behavior. What a dork!

Hope it gets robbed now he's blabbed about it.



Mayhem said:

So you complain about people spending far more on cards and comics too? It's his money, he can do with it what he wants. I got similar attitude from some people for spending $2,600 on a game once...



theblackdragon said:

wow, some people here sound kinda jealous. it's his money, let him spend it how he wants. it's pretty cool that he's got a set like that now; who knows how much the two games would sell for together years from now when that kid of his is ready for college? :3



rodoubleb said:

I'd like to see a full time line of how the gold cart got from Nintendo to where it is now.



MarkyVigoroth said:

Mayhem-san, I am only half like that. I would enjoy getting rare cards (I got back into the Pokémon TCG.), yet I would not bother if the price is about $50+.



Machu said:

@tbd I'm not jealous far from it. You've got $17,500 going spare and you spend it on a game cartridge, that's pretty obscene (and yes I would say the same about someone spending much more than that on art). The amount Corbie mentioned is fair enough, but what this guy paid is foolhardy. I hope the circuit board encased in plastic makes him happy.



Sneaker13 said:

Damn, that's a lot of money for a cartridge that only has three games you can play for 6 minutes and 21 seconds. But I understand it if he is a collector.



Ricardo91 said:

@Uel. Who said it was?

Game Informer did an article 2-3 months ago about the highest-selling games, and these came out on top. I think the guy actually made a pretty smart decision. He now has 2 of the most valuable games in history, and their value will just increase as years go by. Sure, he'll be out of some dinner money for a couple years, but he'll be thankful for it in the long run.

Though for the record, I wouldn't even spend 1/20 of that money on any game.



MickEiA said:

WOW that was a gopod story .The most I have paid for a game was $95 it was Mario Kart Wii but I had a $30 gift voucher



theblackdragon said:

@Machu, The Fox: there's a big difference between simply disagreeing with his purchase and hoping it gets stolen from him or saying he's got mental defects. :/



gblock said:

I've seriously thought about getting the reproduction cart from retrousb...but that's insane though.



Grooveraider said:

Don't get me wrong - the NWC (Gold carts) are rare but c'mon $20,000 rare? There's a few of them. The NWC (Gold carts) is being hailed as the "Holy Grail" of Nintendo game collecting - but that's subjective. I'm an old school Nintendo game collector and I own two classic Nintendo games ( Yoshi's Island & Zelda: Ocarina of Time ) both signed and dated by the legendary Shigeru Miyamoto. They're one-of-a-kind signed items. Those are my "Holy grails" but the only difference between me and those folks with $20,000 bank accounts is that I don't have the MEDIA ATTENTION to make my "holy grails" seem more sought after / important. Am I jealous? Why should I be? I feel blessed to have been in the same room with legends such as Shigeru Miyamoto and the late Gunpei Yokoi. And to have a personal photo and signatures of those legends is just phenomenal. I dunno if I could put a price on my experiences. But in the end - I am happy video games are getting the recognition of being valued collectibles like anything else before it. Congrads to JJ Hendricks for owning both NWC carts and the media attention




#4 futari is not even that great,i have an egret 2 cab as well with pink sweets aka ibara 2 and death smiles which i also have for my jap 360. Besides futari is coming for the jap 360 and i will pick that one up then for a way lower price of $70.




Besides that is hardly the nes holy grail of collecting! i have the remade NWC cart and i was there at the event when i was a kid so to buy that cart for what? i couls take an old zelda cart and make my own with a reprint grey cart,im happy he owns it but he was ripped off big time!honestly that cart is not worth much it's just what people try to milk out of it like anything else.3 games on that cart that play seconds or a minute at best for 17,500 i don't think so!There are some ureleased and unliscensed games that were never released back in the day that are actually worth more than this and people would know if they did their homework,so this is hardly holy grail.




Like i stated if a cart like this was to be the holy grail then it would of been the NCC 1991 CAMPUS CHALLENGE WHICH HAS NOT BEEN PLAYED PUBICALLY IN 17 YEARS! they were all destroyed but only 1....thats right only 1 real copy is left in the world making this the holy grail umong some other very rare actual game titles,the nwc cart ain't sh**,there was alot of those.I own these repro's among others and both the nwc originals which i received when i was at the NWC IN 1990 at cobo hall in detroit where i live.Nobody burns me when it comes to import or retro.Not to sound like a jerk but all these people who talk about things and state facts that are not true just gets to me,homework should be done or facts known before you think you know something,thats the way i roll!



tripunktoj said:

I would gladly hand out even more money for the holy grail of video game collecting if I had both, the money and the opportunity to do this transaction... who knows, maybe I´ll be the next collector geting them, all of my other collectables also started as a daydream.



youknowit said:

This is an expose on the Nintendo World Championship Golds.

Be careful of buying a Nintendo World Championships Golds because one can be easily faked. There are two flaws making this possible.

First, the are not numbered and the carts cannot be told apart from another. This makes it very difficult to prove the original owner and its ownership history.

Second, the only mark on the cart is printed on cheap non-glossed sticker paper with a 360 dpi Xerox printer. Worse yet, the sticker isn't machine cut, nor shaped by exacto knife. It is cut with original scissors by hand. Then sloppily slapped on.

If you have no soul, you can mint your own. You will also walk in the very same steps Nintendo did.

1) Get a gray cart(stay with me here) and remove the circuit board. They are 100% identical.

2) Take a Zelda cart and remove the inside and wash off the sticker. Cut a small sqaure in the upper left hand corner in the same position as the gray. Smooth it out.

3)Place the gray board in the gold and put in the screws. Since the corner is gone and the right size, the dip switch will face out nicely.

4) Scan the Nintendo World Championships logo in and match to size of any gold cart you've seen in Photoshop. Print in 360 dpi on ordinary non-gloseed sticker paper. Best if you have a color inkjets could do the trick.

5) Cut with plain scissors and place by on the front as a gold would.

There you go. You have upgraded a 6,000 dollar gray cartridge to a 17,500 gold.

Once again, DO NOT DO THIS. THIS IS FRAUD. This is to prove the golds are not a wise investment.

Why would Nintendo make it so easy. The golds were a promotion and an afterthought when the grays were made. They used what they had the official grays.

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