Tuesday, July 7, 2009

WTF??? 90

The $17,500 video game
by Mike Smith
Think $60 video games are too expensive? You won't hear any argument from us, but you might from JJ Hendricks, a collector who just paid a clinically insane $17,500 for an obscure NES game from 1990.
The game in question is an ultra-rare, gold-colored version of Nintendo World Championships, a cartridge specially produced for use in a Nintendo-sponsored gaming contest. According to Wikipedia only 26 were created, and Hendricks calls it the "Holy Grail" of video game collectors.
The game itself has a time limit of just 6 minutes and 21 seconds and consists of three short segments from other NES games: Super Mario Bros., Tetris, and Rad Racer. Players are scored according to their performance in each game, and their scores are totaled once the time limit expires. Doesn't sound too riveting to us, but then somehow we doubt Hendricks is in it for the gameplay.
And while $17,500 might seem a bit much for a collection of ones and zeroes, Hendricks actually got a bargain: the game was originally listed on eBay for a cool $25,000.

7 comments:

The League said...

I'd not thought too much about the collector's market for video games, just as there's one for everything from comics to cars, but it sort of makes sense. Just like comics, from the outside looking in, it seems crazy. And it might be, depending on (a) if nobody else will pay that amount, and (b) if the cartridge loses its integrity/ data, though I suppose proper storage would preserve the cartridge.

But I'm not going to argue that the $17K doesn't seem as if it couldn't be better spent elsewhere.

Jonathan said...

These all the games are looking very interesting, I am so excited to play these types of games. From where I can get these type of games.

Lisa_mynx said...

sorry, Johnathan, i don't know where you can get games like that...

Nicole said...

I know you don't do awards, Lisa, but I nominated you for another... XD Check it out.

joe bloke said...

hello, matey. just checking in. hope you're all good. . .

laters!

Booksteve said...

Hi! Just seeing if you're paying attention.

Hannah said...

That is insane! I like video games, but what a waste of money!