Super rare NES game hits eBay, current high bid is $5,500

Auction for extremely hard-to-find Nintendo World Championships ends tomorrow.

An extremely rare NES game has attracted bids of over $5,000 through a new eBay auction. Only 116 copies of Nintendo World Championships were manufactured and were distributed in 1990 only to winners of a special competition. The game is considered one of the rarest and most valuable NES games in existence.

The current high bid is $5,500.99. The auction closes tomorrow, January 25.

As you'll immediately notice, the cartridge's label is ripped. "This is quite unfortunate but happened many decades ago by this point in time," the eBay seller muresean writers. But cosmetic damage is the only drawback, the seller says.

"The cart plays just fine and may some day be worth much more if someone decides to investigate a forensics lab's involvement to see if they can determine the official number by running tests on the cart," muresean said.

Nintendo World Championships features abridged versions of Super Mario, Tetris, and Rad Racer. Competition participants had 6 minutes, divided between the three games, to rack up the highest score possible. All 90 semifinalists received a grey cartridge like the one featured in the auction, while some golden carts were provided to participants as part of a Nintendo Power promotion.

In 2011, another copy of the Nintendo World Championships fetched $11,000 on eBay, though that version was in better condition.

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275 comments
Patrick Eduarte
Patrick Eduarte

And my video game Holy Grail Panzer Dragoon Saga is way cheaper.

Jérémy Soetens
Jérémy Soetens

I heard this game got sold for more then 12 000€ (10 000$ or something like that) Fot this quality, I think this is overrated. And I can can read " Tetris " if I zoom-in, WTF ?

WraistlinGill
WraistlinGill

Looks like the auction has been trolled.  It's up to around $99,000.00.  Funny stuff.

Xiertic Xaelius
Xiertic Xaelius

lmao... Synth... That was the single most idiotic thing I've read on Facebook in quite some time. Thank you sir for the laugh.

Lee Bailey
Lee Bailey

Speaking as a collector, some collectors will spend stupid amounts of money on any old shite. Don't get me wrong, I've been known to spend quite a bit on individual games, but I think this is well beyond the point when people need to ask themselves if they're over doing it.

Lee Bailey
Lee Bailey

Wow, what an arsehole you are :). Speaking as a collector I also play new games, there is nothing that says you can't collect old games as well.

goldenagegamer
goldenagegamer

why would anyone buy a nes cart for that much money.  I would rather spend half of that and get the best games from the 8 bit and 16 bit era.  What a waste of money, but it only goes to show that "collectors" are more interested in bragging rights than actually playing games. 

eva02langley
eva02langley

We all know that most of these bids are fakes. The guy will not have a payment of that magnitude with someone having 5... feedback...

Jeremiah Erickson
Jeremiah Erickson

If I have five thousand dollars to burn on a game it had better be in mint condition.

tightwad34
tightwad34

Man this makes you really wonder what you have given away that could have been worth something. But that price for it is absurd.

Emil Słotwiński
Emil Słotwiński

Tyler Johnson It's not about features. Old consoles had only one feature. Play games solo or with friends on split-screen.

Gegglington
Gegglington

that the game fred savage was playing in the wizard?

Ernie Ulloa
Ernie Ulloa

They have more features besides the paperweight feature?

mischiefmeerkat
mischiefmeerkat

i bet it hits 100k...too bad there's no chance in hell the winner's actually gonna pay it XD

mikemaj82
mikemaj82

$55,400! I'm starting to think this is a fake auction or someone is in on something.

Josh Covell
Josh Covell

Is it Nintendo World Championship? the labels fucked. I remember seeing a legit copy of NWC on Ebay and it was around $54,000...

homelessgamer
homelessgamer

That thing is a toasted piece of plastic. It probably doesn't even work.

berzerk0912
berzerk0912

Damn!! I wonder how much I can get for my brand new unopened Wave Bird, and Gamecube controllers.

Cellpwn
Cellpwn

People trying to buy Nintendo World Championships and it's not even the even-more-illusive gold cartridge. LOL @ the plebians.

deadpen
deadpen

It seems like I see one of these on ebay every month, could be mistaken though.

fastharry
fastharry

gee, maybe with the interest in Nintendo, I should sell my Original NES that was purchased for me as a gift from my family the week it was introduced. I have the combo pack with an unused Robbie, 15 original 5 screw packs with cartons and instructions, a super scope, pistol and everything else they had....Only used about a month and packed away since the eightys

Auth
Auth

$31,200.00?.....trolled

mischiefmeerkat
mischiefmeerkat

I bet half of those aren't even legit bids. Probably got a few of his buddies to "shill-bid" and drive the price up.

Sl4cka
Sl4cka

@goldenagegamerCollectors are interested in collecting. I thought that was self-explanatory, it's in the bloody name.

tightwad34
tightwad34

@Foxhound1982 Well, nowadays 5 lbs is worth like $50, jk. But how do you get the pound sign on your computer? Is that a regional thing?

RPG_Fan_I_Am
RPG_Fan_I_Am

@fastharry if it's a first Nintendo console, I think theres this thing with like a 16 in the serial number... can't remember anymore but you can look it up. anyway they sell for like $50k and if yours is as near mint condition as you claim then you could fetch a pretty penny for it.


Than again I'd just play the damn thing, I wouldn't really care about the money. 

MrWhalo
MrWhalo

It was Reese's Pieces....

tightwad34
tightwad34

Whoops, I meant $50 is worth 5 pounds. LOL. Still joking.