Answer: Stadium Events
In the case of exceptionally expensive video games, the console is king. While old computer games have been known to retrieve a penny or two of nostalgic players, in the case of video game auctions with absurdly high bids, cartridge games from old consoles pick up astronomical prizes.
Among the most notable of video game sales is the 2010 auction of a copy of Bandai's Stadium Events game for the Nintendo Entertainment System. It was released in 1987 as one of the very few games available in America that utilized Family Fun Fitness Mat . Nintendo quickly acquired the right to the game and carpet and then released the game under the name World Class Track Meet and the included carpet as Power Pad . Only 200 copies were released in the US and the collectors believe that only 10-20 finished cartridges are available. In 2010, a factory-sealed copy was sold on eBay and sold for a surprising $ 41,300, but a copy of World Class Track Meet sells for a few dollars.
While Stadium Events ] is by far the most expensive video game, there are other games that control high auction prices. Another 2010 auction made an old Atari game a heap of money for a happy Texan. After reading a CNN news article on rare video games, Tanner recognized Sandlin, Austin, Texas, an old Atari title. He went home, dug out the game Air Raid – and noted it on eBay. It turned out that he had the only known examples that were both first generation owned and had the box and accompanying artwork. His copy of Air Raid downloaded $ 31,600. Previously, the game had never collected more than $ 3,000 in auction. The news of the game sent people scrambling to look for copies, and while only a few revealed, an untouched copy that included the user manual was sold two years later for $ 33.433.
Two other particularly expensive video game cartridges come to us courtesy of Nintendo competitions. 1990 Nintendo held the Nintendo World Championships, a 30-city player tournament designed to find the best players in the world, fans of geeky movies will recognize this as a plot for the Fred Savage movie The Wizard . The 90 finalists (from three separate age groups) each got a copy of the timed tournament game and then 26 lucky Nintendo Power time competitors were sent a gold version of that game. The gray cartridges are routinely auctioned for at least $ 4,000 and the gold easily picks up at least $ 15,000.
Following Nintendo's worldwide successful successes, Nintendo launched "college" campus challenges across the United States. was just for the event and never handed out as a prize. When the campaign challenge ended, all the cartridges were destroyed. All that is, in addition to a single copy of the 1991 cartridge found in a garage sale by video player Rob Walters (three copies of the 1992 cartridge is reported to exist). He sold it on eBay where it retrieved $ 14,000-only to be reversed three months later by the buyer for $ 20,100. 1991 The Campus Challenge cartridge is easily one of the rare NES games in the world. As far as anyone knows, the only copy is the only one available.