An ultra-rare copy of The Legend of Zelda for NES bought at public sale for $870,000, setting a brand new world file for the most costly online game ever bought. The copy of The Legend of Zelda was bought on the Heritage Auction video games event, which runs from July 9 via July 11.
The copy in query is a Wata 9.0 rated, letter grade A, sealed copy, that means that it’s unopened and is in superb situation. The rationale it bought for such a excessive asking value is that it’s believed to be one in every of solely two sealed copies of the sport that’s an “NES TM,” the primary manufacturing run of the sport. This variant was produced for just a few months in late 1987 earlier than a brand new variant was changed in early 1988.
The earlier record-holder was a duplicate of Super Mario Bros. which sold in April 2021 for $660,000, additionally at a Heritage public sale.
“I had a whole lot of confidence on this recreation, and, but, I nonetheless really feel like the truth of at the moment’s bidding exceeded my imaginative and prescient of how it might play out,” Heritage Auctions video video games specialist Valarie McLeckie stated. “Making historical past isn’t a simple factor. I am simply actually proud we acquired to be a part of this but once more.”
There are quite a few different sealed video games being auctioned in the course of the occasion, together with copies of Contra, Closing Fantasy, and Pokemon Blue. Goodwill not too long ago auctioned off a duplicate for the Atari game Air Raid for $10,000 after discovering a duplicate in a donation field in Texas.
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