As a retro game fan, if I had a ton of money to blow I'd probably point my browser over to this eBay auction for a Nintendo Campus Challenge cart and lay down the law. $8,500 of your American currency? Pfft, tis child's play.
Forged by Nintendo's blacksmiths back in 1991, the carts were to be used in 58 tournaments across the US and then destroyed so as not to let its secrets into the wild, lest they fall into the wrong hands. Alas, one sneaky employee tasked with destroying their copy disobeyed and clung to what has now become the only known surviving copy. Then they sold it at a garage sale in 2006 after leaving the company and are probably eating their very own hands as they see how high the so-far 38 bidders are going.
On the cart are special versions of Super Mario Bros. 3, Pin-Bot and Dr. Mario. Contestants have 6 minutes and 21 seconds to play through the challenges and snag as many points as possible by first collecting 50 coins in SMB3, then 100,000 points in Pin-Bot and finishing off with Dr. Mario until the timer dings.
Not counting the initial garage sale, the cart has been sold once before — for $17,500. We'll see in two days whether the seller breaks even.
I want that.
Aha, even at $17,500... Bargain! How many are available? I'll take two.
Seems totally crazy to me, when you think of what you could buy instead.
you know... for that amount of money, you could probably pay nintendo to make you another one... and then it would half the price of the other guy's... just for spite.
I hope someone dumps the ROM. I wanna play it.
and we Canadians would have to report income when selling a product on eBay, or any online web site....glad I get referrals at Amazon.
Just got a copy of 1990 world championship... to bad it is a bootleg version.
wow. the only one left in existance. I expected a higher price, though
Hey I found this piece of news yesterday!
Holy ****! That's outrageous! (excuse my french)
I thought the 17.5K figure was for the gold 1990 cart (26 copies in existence), not this 1991 cart.
I think somebody was selling bootlegs of the '91 cart awhile ago.
This cart kinda reminds me of Retro Game Challenge.
Is this the cart that was used in the movie the wizard, during the SMB3 competition?
Zweck36, no. They played the actuall full SMB3 in The Wizard.
I'd love to see the ROM dumped, but the only way to get it w/o spending a crapton of money is to get it here: http://www.retrousb.com/product_info.php?cPath=23&products_id=68
And it's onsale for $65 (instead of the regular $85).
Whats stopping someone making a copy of this cartridge? putting it on a blank nes cartridge, scuffing it up so it looks like the old one and selling it a 'one of a kind' on ebay for $8000+?
I wonder is it region locked? We europeans could spend 8.5K on a game and not be able to play it. How cruel would that be?
Then you'd just buy a freeloader.
Wow thats a lot of money.
lol tbh someone could probably just reprogram this exact challenge in no time. Rom-hacking could probably do it quickly.
I'd feel like a total tool blowing into an $8,500 NES cart.
Yay.I won it!! And only $20,000 what a bargain, can't wait to play it Anyone wanna borrow it once I'm done?
@luigi78: Gimme it!!!
did you really win it?
Seriously, though 20,100 dollars - a new world record for an NES cart. I do kinda feel sorry for the poor chap, though - I mean, what can you really do with a 20K game cartridge? Bragging rights
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