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The Seller of this Golden GameBoy Pocket Wants $1,200

Posted by James Newton

Is crazy

GameBoys, bless them, have been through the wars – literally, in the case of this unit displayed at Nintendo World in New York – but not this unit, which may be the rarest GameBoy of them all.

A golden GameBoy Pocket to commemorate the 100th issue of Nintendo Power magazine, it's unknown exactly how many of these machines exist, but it's unlikely many survive in this condition: according to the seller, it's never been turned once, and subsequently survives without even a fingerprint or scratch on it. Perhaps that's why the seller feels justified in putting a "Buy it Now" price of $1,200 on the machine, but hey, free shipping.

Considering placing an offer? Visit the Golden GameBoy Pocket on eBay and let us know how it goes.

[via girlgamersuk.com]

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User Comments (35)

Classeman

#3

Classeman said:

$1,200 is like 8049 SEK in Sweden. :O That's a CRRRAZZZYY high prize but this is so cool I did not know there was a golden game boy! ^^

Chunky_Droid

#4

Chunky_Droid said:

I'm damn sure there was a Golden Gameboy over here in Aus, except obviously it didn't have the Nintendo Power badge on it

wes008

#5

wes008 said:

I think I'd prefer my old yellow GB Color than this one (mostly because I can't afford a $1,200 Gameboy :P )

Fuzzy

#6

Fuzzy said:

Now if he hasn't touched it, he doesn't know if he was given a dodgy one back then.

Phobos

#9

Phobos said:

That's a darn high price! Wonder who's actually gonna buy it... :O
"WTF" tag needed urgently.

SilverBaretta

#15

SilverBaretta said:

You know, I actually think I remember this contest. I believe this is the only one in existence, which would explain the price tag. Smart guy, keeping it preserved like that.

Token_Girl

#16

Token_Girl said:

This price makes sense, since it's a mint console and very rare. It's just the buy it now price. If it's auction listed as well with free shipping, he's a pretty nice seller.

HappyHappy

#17

HappyHappy said:

Yikes, I can understand if someone made a bid for $1,200 dollars, but as a selling price is way too much.

GreenDream

#18

GreenDream said:

Interesting to see an article like this...

I actually used to own one of these until last year, when I gave it away to Purple Heart. Or some sort of charity, don't remember which exactly. It wasn't in SUCH mint condition, but it never received any major damage.

I don't regret that decision, even after seeing this. As long as it wound up in the hands of someone who actually used it, and opened up a history of retro gaming to that person, and not just be trashed...

I was subscribed to Nintendo Power from Dec 1994 - Dec 2002, so I own a couple of exclusive items from the old Power Supplies Club. Examples include the Donkey Kong Country Blockbuster 1995 Tournament Cartridge and the Gold Game Boy Camera.

MasterGraveheart

#21

MasterGraveheart said:

Oh, dude, I actually tried winning one of those back when Nintendo Power had their 100th issue. I'm pretty sure there was a special edition gold N64 controller in it too... obviously I didn't win THAT contest. ^^;

Gio32k

#22

Gio32k said:

if it were painted with real 24k gold paint ( if it exists), than yah it would be worth the price.

MeloMan

#23

MeloMan said:

I'll see if I have any change left after plopping down $250 for it's decendant :)

bboy2970

#24

bboy2970 said:

@GreenDream: o_O I'm a collector of all things rare in the world of Nintendo. I don't suppose you would be interested in letting go of that competitions cartridge for a reasonable price?...

FluttershyGuy

#26

FluttershyGuy said:

There was a Mario Kart 64 contest by Nintendo Power also, where the best time on certain tracks won a gold N64 controller. And I didn't win one. :( Seems like I won a phone card, or something that paled in comparison to that golden controller!

NintyMan

#27

NintyMan said:

Nope, this is just mainly for rich people to try to get. I'll just wait to play Gameboy games on the 3DS.

Amauriel

#28

Amauriel said:

You could get the NP100 Golden Gameboy from the Nintendo Power Supplies catalog, so there's probably more than everyone thinks.

I have one, but mine was a Toys R Us exclusive, so it's gold but doesn't have the NP100 logo at the bottom of the screen.

OverlordMao

#29

OverlordMao said:

My local gamestore has one of those, no lie, but the owner keeps it in a case because it was his when he was younfer and he doesn't want to sell it to anybody :)

Lobster

#30

Lobster said:

GameBoy Pocket was my first Nintendo machine. I saved up and bought it myself when I was in fifth grade. I got the clear one because I liked to see the inside parts. Then someone stole it out of my coat pocket at school one day, while my coat was hanging in the back of the classroom. They left the cart that was in it, though. Pokemon Blue. I never figured that one out! Guess they just hated Pokemon!

I never did get a replacement, I just upgraded straight to Color. It might be nice to replace it one day, but not for $1200. :P

nick_gc

#32

nick_gc said:

It looks like he's just stuck a "Nintendo Power" sticker on it. Horrid. No way worth $1,200.

Capt_N

#34

Capt_N said:

GBC units are selling on eBay currently. I guess everyone who still owns @ least one is either knowledgeable of the 3DS VC, & the possibility that going to make ownership of a GBC would/could be pointless. However, that is erroneous thinking; W/e titles don't come to the 3DSVC, you can get an actual cart of. Or, on the other hand, ppl are thinking that the 3DSVC will ultimately end up like the Wii VC. I currently purchased Mario Tennis, & SML2:6GC. My teal Gameboy Color still works, & I thoroughly enjoy using it currently. If anyone wants a GBC unit, they are indeed selling currently on eBay. You won't find mine there, however. :)

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