One of a kind Final Fantasy II NES game on eBay for $50,000

By Lee Kaelin on August 23, 2012, 5:00 PM

A rare American Nintendo Entertainment System game cartridge has surfaced on eBay, with its owner pitching it as a “truly one of a kind” English language Final Fantasy II game, and ofering it up on the popular auction site to one lucky collector willing to pay an astonishing $50,000, or to the nearest offer.

The item in question is actually a sample of the highly popular Japanese game, featuring retro pixelated characters, dungeons and Chocobo. Unfortunately for those outside of Japan it was never released, which is what makes this so special, and “the only real copy in the world of this lost game.”

The sample was made by Square Soft USA (now called Square Enix) in preparation to show it off at the 1991 Winter Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The plan was to release it later that year, but  fate stepped in and it was dropped as the focus shifted away from the 8-bit NES and towards the 16-bit Super Nintendo.

Despite being marked as a “sample,” owner Frank Cifaldi insists the game is fully playable in English from start to finish, as demonstrated in the YouTube recording. Despite owning such a unique game, he never played it during his nine year ownership prior to taking the photos for the auction listing.

He did admit the translation isn’t the best, however. “The English script is clunky and erroneous to the point that players may find the dialogue between characters quite comical. It can be very hard not to snicker when a character declares, we are all in here because of that old man's Xtal Rod!”




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ikesmasher said:

thats interesting. Its cool to see things like this pop up every once in a while.

Ill now be headed over to my box of NES/SNES/n64 games to make sure I have nothing worth any money.

ghasmanjr ghasmanjr said:

Whoever bought that video game collection a few weeks ago is probably going to want to buy this as that collection claimed to have "every" game out there. That can't be true if this is "truly one of a kind". Someone is lying here lol

ikesmasher said:

I have a hard time believing anyone knew this really existed.

Guest said:

I through in an $800 bid, was declined almost immediately.

Guest said:

Isn't there some question as to the legallity of selling this? I mean it seems like a prototype that an engineer took home and thus is company property still right?

Matt Kelly said:

That collection had every released game. This was a demo cartridge that was not released.

SCJake said:

Isn't there some question as to the legallity of selling this? I mean it seems like a prototype that an engineer took home and thus is company property still right?

Not really, as US squatters law is why "possession is 9/10 of the law" after either 7 or ten years, cant remember, the property you have had in your possession is now yours if no claims have been filed in that time frame

1 person liked this | UnknownSky said:

So many feels...

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