Rare copy of The Legend of Zelda has already been bid up to $115,000

Shawn Knight

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The big picture: The Legend of Zelda launched in North America at a retail price of $49.99 plus tax. Surely nobody at that time could have imagined that a copy of the game would be fetching north of $100,000 less than 35 years later, but that is the exact scenario playing out right now.

Heritage Auctions is currently offering an early production version of The Legend of Zelda that’s been bid up to a stagger $115,000 as of writing (and there’s still about 19 hours left before the auction ends). This particular variant of the game, which carries a Wata rating of 9.0, is the only copy from one of the earliest production runs that Heritage has ever had the opportunity to offer, as it was only produced for a few months in late 1987.

Only one other variant came before this one, the “NES TM” variant from the true first production run, and only a single sealed example of it is believed to exist today.

The Legend of Zelda launched first in Japan on February 21, 1986, before eventually finding its way to North America more than a year later. Nintendo sold over than 6.5 million copies of the game during its run, and it has been regarded by many as one of the greatest and most influential video games ever released. It also has a pretty killer soundtrack.

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defaultluser

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I have never understood why anyone would pay thousands of dollars for ANY small collector's item - at that point, you're just making a difference between a few outer package molecules being slightly different.There are millions of these cartridges but because big media has taught us that "there is nothing but number one," the rest of us at number 2,345,678 are left wanting.

Why can't people be satisfied with just having ONE RANDOM SELECTION of something? Until we fix that, there is no hope for this country.

When you buy your CPU by lot number (for 2% higher overclock) THROUGH a website that already did all the work for you (like Silicon Lottery) and you buy a 3090 just to play Minecraft (because they added RT, I must have the best), then you might be a perfectionist who has no life.

Buying a classic car to rebuild makes a lot more sense than buying a video game that you will never use.
 
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Geralt

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I have never understood why anyone would pay thousands of dollars for ANY small collector's item - at that point, you're just making a difference between a few outer package molecules being slightly different.There are millions of these cartridges but because big media has taught us that "there is nothing but number one," the rest of us at number 2,345,678 are left wanting.

Why can't people be satisfied with just having ONE RANDOM SELECTION of something? Until we fix that, there is no hope for this country.

When you buy your CPU by lot number (for 2% higher overclock) THROUGH a website that already did all the work for you (like Silicon Lottery) and you buy a 3090 just to play Minecraft (because they added RT, I must have the best), then you might be a perfectionist who has no life.

Buying a classic car to rebuild makes a lot more sense than buying a video game that you will never use.
Thanks for that, because I was very doubtful about buying a good classic car or The legend of Zelda.
 

defaultluser

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Thanks for that, because I was very doubtful about buying a good classic car or The legend of Zelda.

Hey man, I know what I'm talking about: the difference between Graded Perfectionism in classic cars and the same in a sealed game box is that Concours d'Elegance requires you to drive the car on-site.

Te "Never to be-opened" video game box porn show is quite retarded, by-comparison.
 
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