Geek Trivia: What Is The Most Expensive Video Game In The World?

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Answer: Stadium Events

When it comes to extremely expensive video games, the console is king. While nostalgic gamers brought back old computer games, games on old console cartridges are selling at astronomical prices.

Among the most notable video game sales was the 2010 auction of a copy of Bandai's Stadium Events on the Nintendo Entertainment System. It was released in 1987 and is one of the few games available in America to take advantage of the Family Fun Fitness mat. Nintendo quickly purchased the rights to the game and carpet, and launched the game under the name of World Class Track Meet and the carpet under the name Power Pad. In the United States, only 200 copies have been published and collectors believe that there are only 10 to 20 complete cartridges. In 2010, a factory-sealed copy appeared on eBay and sold for an incredible $ 41,300. In contrast, 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 impose huge auction prices. Another 2010 auction turned an old Atari game into a pile of cash for a lucky Texan. After reading a CNN news article about rare video games, Tanner Sandlin, of Austin, Texas, recognized a former Atari title. He went home, looked for the game – Air Raid – and listed it on eBay. It turned out that he owned the only known copy that belonged to the first generation and contained the box and illustrations. His copy of Air Raid cost $ 31,600. Previously, the game had never raised more than $ 3,000 at auction. The news of the game has pushed people to look for copies. Although only a few were discovered, an original copy containing the user manual was sold two years later for $ 33,433.

Two other video game cartridges, particularly expensive, come to us thanks to the Nintendo contests. In 1990, Nintendo hosted the Nintendo World Championships, a 30-city gaming tournament designed to find the best players in the world. Geek movie fans will recognize this as the plot of Fred Savage's film, The Wizard. The 90 finalists (belonging to three different age groups) each received a copy of the timed match and 26 lucky winners of the Nintendo Power magazine contest received a gold version of this game. The gray cartridges are regularly auctioned for at minus $ 4,000, and gold cartridges easily reach at least $ 15,000.

After the promotional success of the Nintendo World Championships, Nintendo started organizing "challenges" on college campuses in the United States. A special cartridge was designed for the events, but it was only distributed as a prize. At the end of Campus Challenge, all the cartridges were destroyed. All this, with the exception of a single copy of the 1991 cartridge found at a garage sale by video game collector Rob Walters (three copies of the 1992 cartridge would exist). He sold it on eBay, where he reported $ 14,000, and was then returned three months later by the buyer for $ 20,100. The 1991 Campus Challenge cartridge is easily one of the rarest NES games in the world. To the best of all, this unique copy is the only one available.

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