Winning bid on super rare NES game is $99,902 [UPDATE]

Auction bid up by trolls; high bidder does not intend to pay.

[UPDATE] Following the publication of this story, a reporter for Wired spoke with the seller, who reportedly said the auction was bid up by trolls and the high bidder does not intend to pay up.

The original story is below.

$99,902 is the winning bid on the extremely rare NES game Nintendo World Championships that was auctioned off on eBay today.

Historically, that is an extremely high price for this item. For comparison, In 2011 another copy of the Nintendo World Championships fetched $11,000 on eBay, and that version was in much better condition.

This could very well be a fake bid, which are common on eBay. However, while the winning bidder's identity is kept confidential, a limited view of his eBay history shows that he has made 16 bids within the last 30 days on a total of nine items. The bidder also has a 100 percent positive feedback score of 775. Interestingly, the buyer was the first and last to bid on the item.

Finally, there is always the possibility that the entire auction is fake to begin with.

If this is a legitimate sale, the media attention around the auction significantly raised the value of the item. The auction was covered on all the games and technology websites you'd expect, as well as mainstream publications like the BBC.

As we reported when we first noticed the 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.

Written By

Emanuel Maiberg is a freelance writer in search of the Citizen Kane of burritos.

Discussion

395 comments
aztecace
aztecace

After reading this board I have a few observations 1) sometimes seller will use Trolls(use to be called shills in old fashion auctions) as a way to bid items up to where the seller wants the price of the object to be. 2) some of you do not understand the mind of a collector, you think the price of the game should be equal to its original selling price even if few were made, the idea in a collectors mind is I have something only a few others have. You yourself may not want the game or don't want the item, or be happy with a copy, this still does not diminish what the collector believes because he knows others have the same mind set. This is true for comicbook collector, coin collectors, stamp collectors, art collectors, the value for something depends on who else wants the original, not on wether it can be copied.

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

Sure it's rare, but does it run at 60 FPS?

jer_1
jer_1

Stupid. This should have sold for what any sane human would have paid, about $5 or $10 max.

obsequies
obsequies

I forget what that runs for but its close to that

MasterTheHero
MasterTheHero

Considering the damage to the cover sticker. This game should be worth much less than the original asking price.

fredwv
fredwv

should also note that this result will have little effect on the troll bidder.  Sellers cannot leave negative feedback on EBAY.  So the troll will still have 100% feedback on his profile. At worst, he might get a strike on his account, but that's hardly a big deal.

gjozefi
gjozefi

Fake bid by troll? No kidding!

shreddyz
shreddyz

what the. buhahahahahaha good lord. he spent how much? buhahahaha probably just a fake bid.

chronocommander
chronocommander

Valuable, rare and what sort of game is it? A truncated collection of Nintendo games that should only hold value for the contest winners who won it in the first place! If collectors really cared about this item, they'd copy the ROM and mapping boards inside as a permanent digital backup and seal up a physical copy of the cart then preserve it in a proper museum. All this supposed rare valuable nonsense is little more than a stock market trading away the actual usefulness of the item versus a perceived sense of rarity bloating the actual objective value of the item. It's the same thing with art these days, they're "investments" like gold bars rather than actual paintings meant to bring delight, joy, introspection or any number of other emotions when it is on display. Good thing digital is around to reduce nonsense like this from happening.

bezza2011
bezza2011

wait so how did the guy who won bid that much :S surely he must of been one of the trolls pushing the price up, because i'm pretty sure on ebay you put in the amount you'd want to pay. ridicilous if the guy ain't going to pay then he must be the troll who did it

nl_skipper
nl_skipper

The Nintendo game Stadium Events is MUCH rarer (probably less than 20 copies in existence) and "only" goes for around 50k... and that's for a mint-in-box copy.  So anyone hoping to get rich off this mouldy old cartridge it fooling themsevles... the only people to buy something like this are hard core collectors, and they don't want stuff that's a torn up and drawn on...

LJNkickstarter
LJNkickstarter

That is Nintendo World Champinship Cart. Poor condition they could atleast use the gold edition for that Monstrous price. 

SPUDIRL3
SPUDIRL3

Say what you will about ebay, but my 360 game collection has grown considerably since i started buying pre owned games on there. its great value and an easy way to get games that might not be in your local store.

Printul_Noptii
Printul_Noptii

lol I knew it but sucks to have an Ebay account with over 700 positivite reviews and now this.

Keithy211
Keithy211

I thought you are locked in and forced to pay what you bid for if you won?  Otherwise why bid?  Oh because "trolls"....really?  Hope this is illegal and he has to go to court otherwise stop wasting legit bidders time.

gregrout
gregrout

Making a dishonourable bid, not funny. Seeing this YOLO-reject being forced to pay for it, hilarious. 

HartPuncher
HartPuncher

Is that supposed to be comedic? That's what you find amusing? I'll bet his mirror has the laugh every time he steps in fron of it. Fatty!

DiverseGamer
DiverseGamer

Is this legal? Can't this guy be taken to court and forced to pay that outrageous amount?

_Judas_
_Judas_

what?! He bid for the object, and now rejects/denies to pay for it? For the purpose of "trolling"? Dude, that's not even funny...what a failtroll

mikemaj82
mikemaj82

I don't know this is really weird. If you look at the bid history, there were at least 12 different bidders when it was up in the high $90K range. Unless they were ALL in on it.

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

[UPDATE] Surprise, surprise.

eBay should implement a new scheme whereby placing a bid sees the money taken from your account and placed into holding until the auction is finished, at which point the losing bidders have the money returned.

con47
con47

Correct me if I'm wrong on this but I think the grey cartridge is worth $15,000 usd.

Get_Shorty
Get_Shorty

He shouldn't have bid if he didn't intend to pay - doesn't make sense.

megakick
megakick

The very least the TROLL should be forced to pay the auction fee.

franzito
franzito

How can you troll an auction..!?

Boddicker
Boddicker

What a dumbass (even for a collector).  Why set your max bid that retardedly high if you have no intention of paying? 

Ebay has gotten out of control with trolls leaving negative feedback and letting people sue each other over it.  I washed my hands of Ebay long ago.

MJ12-Conspiracy
MJ12-Conspiracy

@Keithy211 Even in fancy schmancy auctions some people will see the price go up too fast so they'll purposely bid just to make the actual buyer pay more......

those who bid to make it higher had genuine interest but when the price went out of their range they resort to troll tactics.....not a lot anyone can do, i think the winning bidder has the right or should have the right to no go through with the sale if they so choose.....

tranceology3
tranceology3

@PlatinumPaladin I agree....I have had many MANY items not paid for on ebay, it's such a hassle, and I feel there is no punishment for the buyer that doesn't pay. I flat out had a guy bid and win a PS4 and not pay, and send me an email saying he wasn't going to pay, and I said I would report him, and he said. SO nothing is going to happen!

LJNkickstarter
LJNkickstarter

@con47 Correct! well According to Pat the NES Punk. I think it reaches that amount cause by Troll bidders.

einsp
einsp

@Get_Shorty Maybe he seen the last copy went for $11,000 and realised he over bid way way way to much? Or maybe like a lot of other people are saying this was all done to raise the bid. ill go with the latter.


Coren_Larken
Coren_Larken

@Get_Shorty Yeah...The max bid should be what you're actually willing to pay. Trolls or not, the guy should have thought that through.

fadersdream
fadersdream

@franzitoIt's a major reason ebay has fallen off the radar somuch.

Too many trolls ruining auctions and doing many buy-it-now auctions at ridiculous prices.

fadersdream
fadersdream

@CapnXtraObviousI was friends with a guy who held the record for most Nintendo games throughout the 90's. He used to work for me, he was really passionate about it... I'll admit he was weird as hell, but he was nice and his girlfriend was shockingly attractive.
No reason to punish people for having a hobby if they can afford it.

bezza2011
bezza2011

@MJ12-Conspiracy @Keithy211 Hmmmm but the whole point is to get to that sort of price you, yourself would of had to put in that amount or above, so how can you blame trolls for him typing in the amount thats crazy

nl_skipper
nl_skipper


@MJ12-Conspiracy  Bidding something up just to make the actual buyer pay more is legitimate, but if you are that winning bid, no matter the price, you should be liable for the price that you bid, or have an expensive backing-out fine to accompany your dishonour.  That's how it works in any REAL auction, so people with anything of actual value should not be using eBay because it full of scamers, exploiters and welchers, and they don't seem to care enough to do anything about it.