Hang Tough, NES fans

Every now and then, eBay turns up a real find, something you never thought you'd see in your natural life: a rare console edition, a forgotten classic, a badly beaten prototype box for an unreleased NES game.

If you're a fan of the latter, you'll be thrilled by this story that a scuffed box for the sadly canned New Kids on the Block NES game has surfaced on the auction site. What's most interesting - if you're that way inclined - is that the box is only a prototype, made up to show unimaginative executives what a NKOTB NES box would look like.

The first auction ended a few weeks ago with a sky-high final bid of nearly $600, but it seems the generous final bidder decided not to pay the money as the game is now up for auction on the site again, currently going for a much more reasonable $51 at the time of writing. If you have the overwhelming desire to drop some hard-earned money on a beaten-up box featuring a photo of a long-forgotten boyband, this must be the happiest day of your life.

[source kotaku.com]