Legend of Zelda prototype cartridge goes to public sale: $one hundred fifty,000 proves your loyalty to Hyrule (video)

Legend of Zelda prototype cartridge goes to auction: $150,000 proves your loyalty to Hyrule (video)

And also you thought that Nintendo World Championships gold cartridge would make a pleasant begin to the retirement fund. An eBay public sale from tjcurtin1 is providing a prototype NES cartridge for the US launch of The Legend of Zelda at a Purchase It Now worth of $one hundred fifty,000, or roughly ten occasions greater than the standard ultimate bid that Worth Charting quotes for a typical NWC cart. Whereas it appears like an unassuming yellow chunk of plastic, it is truly a Nintendo of America copy from February 23, 1987 — half a yr earlier than the definitive motion journey reached the US market. The sport nonetheless performs and may even save its recreation on the nonetheless practical, business-first battery backup. Simply keep in mind that it isn’t essentially going to disclose any design secrets and techniques from Shigeru Miyamoto or Takashi Tezuka: the vendor warns that he cannot see any sensible variations between the early copy and the (additionally included) delivery model. Anybody nicely-heeled sufficient to purchase the prototype is subsequently going solely for the collector’s worth. However for these decided to be the good child on any block about 25 years late, there’s just one method to go.

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