Ultra-rare Nintendo World Championship NES cartridge casually sold from bottom of Safeway sack | Nintendo Wire

The stories of game collecting are filled with many twists of fortune and fate, and it’s often the most mundane that somehow end up as the most remarkable. Case in point — a man in his mid-30s went into local Seattle game trading establishment Pink Gorilla with a paper sack full of NES games he was looking to sell. Co-owner Cody Spencer filed through the largely unremarkable stack of games, “bored out of [his] mind,” before getting to the bottom of the pile — where there lay a gray-cartridge Nintendo World Championship copy, valued at $13,000. 

After initial skepticism, Spencer and fellow co-owner Kelsey Lewin confirmed the cartridge’s authenticity. The seller apparently had no idea as to the cartridge’s value, and couldn’t offer an explanation as to where it had come from. Regardless, he was offered the sale value of $13,000 straight up, which he took after a moment of stunned disbelief. Pink Gorilla ended up selling the cartridge within 24 hours, a quick turnaround intended to help preserve and protect the game by putting it into the safe hands of a collector.

You can read the full story on Ars Technica. The details are quite interesting, so I recommend the read if you have the time.


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Written by Ben Fruzzetti

Gamer, writer and devourer of pasta. Whenever not letting his daydreams run out of control, he can be found writing for Nintendo Wire, playing old JRPGs, or reading sci-fi and fantasy novels and comics.

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