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Rare NES games up for auction

Rare NES games up for auction

Stadium Events is the gold-dust of NES games, with very few copies ever released.

A sealed copy of the ultra-rare Stadium Events for the NES is currently listed on eBay for $21,700.

California based seller, *feedback*, has said that 10 per cent of the proceeds will go to the Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund.

Stadium Events holds the world record for the most amount of money paid for a game at $41,300 and is described as the 'Holy Grail of the NES'. *feedback* claims this is the only new and verified copy of Stadium Events in existence.

At the time of publication, the copy of Stadium Events had 51 bids and the reserve is not currently met.

The game's rarity is due to it having been recalled by Nintendo in 1987 after it purchased the rights to the Family Fun Fitness pad, the peripheral that the game was designed for. Very few copies of the game survived, making it incredibly rare.

Seller *feedback* says: 'Nintendo never intended any copies of this game to fall into the hands of consumers.'

The copy of Stadium Events is up for auction until the 20th March, and you can check out the listing for yourself here. If you do happen to be a super-wealthy NES collector, best of luck with your bidding.

Love the fact that rare games can be worth so much? Or do you not see the point of collecting classic games at all. Either way, let us know in the forums.

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Hustler 18th March 2011, 18:01 Quote
Presumably who ever buys it, wont open it up and play it, and thats the whole point of video games, playing them, no?....

So i dont see the point....
[WP@]WOLVERINE 18th March 2011, 18:09 Quote
in my opinion you have to be completely retarded to pay that kind of money for a game. So what if its rare its still a useless old game for a usless old console....
Instagib 18th March 2011, 19:40 Quote
...he should of downloaded it...
jimmyjj 18th March 2011, 19:42 Quote
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQNDSbZHtHY

Gameplay. Reminds me somewhat of happy days playing Daley Thompson's Decathalon.
mi1ez 18th March 2011, 20:57 Quote
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The game's rarity is due to it having been recalled by Nintendo in 1987 after it purchased the rights to the Family Fun Fitness pad, the peripheral that the game was designed for.
I don't understand. I've only had 1 Guinness so I'm not drunk yet!
Ninja_182 18th March 2011, 21:23 Quote
...and I thought Conkers Bad Fur Day was rare (pun not intended at all).
Nikols 18th March 2011, 22:58 Quote
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Originally Posted by jimmyjj
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQNDSbZHtHY

Gameplay. Reminds me somewhat of happy days playing Daley Thompson's Decathalon.

Priceless...
(pardon the pun)
Sloth 18th March 2011, 23:01 Quote
Easy to say not shelling out several thousand for it, but I'd love to play that copy just to stick it to the world.
enciem 18th March 2011, 23:58 Quote
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Originally Posted by [WP@
WOLVERINE]in my opinion you have to be completely retarded to pay that kind of money for a game. So what if its rare its still a useless old game for a usless old console....

You could say that about anything, including money, which makes it a good buy.
Evildead666 19th March 2011, 00:09 Quote
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Originally Posted by Nikols
Quote:
Originally Posted by jimmyjj
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQNDSbZHtHY

Gameplay. Reminds me somewhat of happy days playing Daley Thompson's Decathalon.

Priceless...
(pardon the pun)

Broke a joystick playing that on the old Amstrad ;)
Puzzu 19th March 2011, 00:12 Quote
If you are a collector I do't see any reason not to pay what ever you could afford to get it. There are many collectables and collectors will pay silly money to get it.
sub routine 19th March 2011, 09:19 Quote
i think its all good personally. I mean what makes people want to overclock their toaster just to get a browner bit of toast, we just do it `cause we can
Gradius 19th March 2011, 18:18 Quote
$22K
knuck 19th March 2011, 18:23 Quote
people pay ridiculous amounts of money for a 0.02g stamp. I don't see what's wrong for a rich (collector) gamer to buy this
shigllgetcha 19th March 2011, 20:32 Quote
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Originally Posted by [WP@WOLVERINE
in my opinion you have to be completely retarded to pay that kind of money for a game. So what if its rare its still a useless old game for a usless old console....

Hes not buying a game hes buying a collectors item. Cant see him ripping it open and shoving it in his NES somehow
Tulatin 19th March 2011, 20:42 Quote
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Originally Posted by [WP@
WOLVERINE]in my opinion you have to be completely retarded to pay that kind of money for a game. So what if its rare its still a useless old game for a usless old console....

As stated by a useless old man, eh?
GuilleAcoustic 20th March 2011, 08:50 Quote
not sold, reserve not met .... too much $$$ hungry seller ?
Carper 20th March 2011, 11:59 Quote
shame
GuilleAcoustic 20th March 2011, 14:30 Quote
well .... the bid reached more than $22K and the reserve was still not met.
MorpheusUK 20th March 2011, 19:17 Quote
This listing was ended by the seller because the item is no longer available.
MorpheusUK 20th March 2011, 19:19 Quote
just looked and saw a bid of $23,000.00, still not enough then, well probably for the best.

Also seen it's been relisted: here with a BIN of US $313,370.00 or best offer.
GuilleAcoustic 20th March 2011, 19:58 Quote
.... plus the 10% for the japan make me laugh. If people can spend more than $20K for a game, then just give them to help people in japan !

I know that everyone can spend its money the way they want ... but it makes me feel sad and ashamed when I watch tv and see all the horrible things that happens in the world, when I see people wasting there money for such futile things!
NiHiLiST 20th March 2011, 23:31 Quote
GuilleAcoustic, your post reminds me of this xkcd strip. 10% is better than nothing :)
Speed 21st March 2011, 01:02 Quote
£193,629.51 :|
GuilleAcoustic 21st March 2011, 09:02 Quote
yes, 10% is better than nothing ... but I doubt the game cost him that much money (if any). Those kind of collectors should be sold at auction (maybe a big collector auction) with everything given to charity. That would be a good use of that goods ; ).

I'm just sad to see how money rule the world and how people are acting selfish and rude because of money. I wish everything could be different.
Farfalho 21st March 2011, 12:42 Quote
Having a friend and knowing some people in the video games collectors world this might set a new record but the purpose of collecting isn't ridiculous. I've started myself that and before this mass marketed pseudo-collector's edition and so on are nothing compared to the really limited edition or even press kit.
Most people don't have the knowledge how things roll in that "world" and things that many journalists get for free by attending some press event, collectors are willing to pay a good amount of cash to have that items.
Even before the GT5 Signature Edition, there was the GT4 LE which was a press kit (which I happen to have) and it's gorgeous. The GT1 LE, GT2 LE are also quite rare and the GT3 is even more. Sony had some games in a special edition because they have reached a new mark on the games produced. New layer and a description saying: To celebrate the 100,000,000 discs produced.
That same friend of mine has spent over 700 euros on a Uncharted press kit when I've seen the same press kit going over a 1000 dollars.

I reckon it's a huge amount of money, some of us would make better use of it or worst but at least he's giving 10% of something to strangers so their pain can be relieved a bit.
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Originally Posted by Speed
Well it is up to 25% now. Anyone else get the feeling he is using peoples charitable nature to get a bigger profit? I mean when charities are involved rich people tend to spend more...
I was going to edit to say that now it's 25%. If rich people get involved, they can help 2 sides in one move, the seller and the victims from the earthquake and tsunami.
Speed 21st March 2011, 12:43 Quote
Well it is up to 25% now. Anyone else get the feeling he is using peoples charitable nature to get a bigger profit? I mean when charities are involved rich people tend to spend more...
GuilleAcoustic 21st March 2011, 12:52 Quote
The only thing that makes me feel sad is that it is always a question of profit. You talked about press gift. My wife is a journalist but never accept press gift since she thinks it's a bad habit. But I see many journalist (ebay is a good place to find them) that sell those gift. They got it for free but sell them at full price. A good example, I saw a pair of shoes, but in a color that was only made for journalist as a press gift .... it was on ebay, for direct buy only, and at twice the regular price (for something gotten for free). I think this is not honest, but again people are only chasing money.
Farfalho 21st March 2011, 12:57 Quote
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Originally Posted by GuilleAcoustic
The only thing that makes me feel sad is that it is always a question of profit. You talked about press gift. My wife is a journalist but never accept press gift since she thinks it's a bad habit. But I see many journalist (ebay is a good place to find them) that sell those gift. They got it for free but sell them at full price. A good example, I saw a pair of shoes, but in a color that was only made for journalist as a press gift .... it was on ebay, for direct buy only, and at twice the regular price (for something gotten for free). I think this is not honest, but again people are only chasing money.

And that's right what it happens. Things are collectible in all their rights but people getting advantage of their position it's almost a 100% certain that they will exploit collectors. I bet some journalists get more than 1 free and give them to someone that will treat the item with due respect but others try to make profit. It's the world we live in. eBay it's THE place to find all that, I've seen a collector selling his whole collection and some things were really desirable.

Sony and such opened their eyes and saw a market there. If journalists are getting 100% profit out of us, why shouldn't we make them available to customers? MW prestige editions, GOW3 pandora's box and such...
Milk the gamers till dry
Aragon Speed 22nd March 2011, 00:06 Quote
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Originally Posted by mi1ez
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The game's rarity is due to it having been recalled by Nintendo in 1987 after it purchased the rights to the Family Fun Fitness pad, the peripheral that the game was designed for.
I don't understand. I've only had 1 Guinness so I'm not drunk yet!

I don't understand that either, and I don't drink. :D

I think it may mean that the game was only supposed to be used at trade shows to show off the peripheral and was never meant to be out in the public's hands. But that's just a guess and I could be way off.

Any other suggestions (no matter how far off the mark they are) are welcome. :)
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Originally Posted by Speed
Well it is up to 25% now. Anyone else get the feeling he is using peoples charitable nature to get a bigger profit? I mean when charities are involved rich people tend to spend more...
That's because (In the US anyway) money donated to charity is tax deductible. Sick isn't it? The only way to get big business to donate some of those profits to worthy causes is to make it so the business profits from it. :(
thehippoz 22nd March 2011, 16:49 Quote
what the heck

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dJ497V4Kpoc

aragon, you have to know how it works- minimum 10% of your gross has to go to charity before you can write it off- then it's money deducted off on the tax scale you owe for that year

you just can't write off any amount.. if you zero out what you owe in taxes from charity- you've donated quite a bit of your income and as you know, the tax scale is not dollar for dollar

but rich people would rather give their money to charity than to the government every year (well most- unless your like vice president biden.. I think my dad gave more in one year than he did in 10)
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