Man Buys ultra-rare Nintendo Cartridge for $17,500

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Recession? What recession? It must be a myth if somebody can shell out $17,500 – the equivalent of 4944 Big Macs – for a single NES cartridge from 1990.
Admittedly it is the holy grail of video game collectables – one of only 26 gold Nintendo 1990 World championship cartridges produced. Still, that’s a heck of a lot of money for a gaming experience that’s only 6 minutes and 21 seconds long.

JJ Hendricks, the man who relinquished 137 725 ZAR for a bit of gold-painted plastic, has written about the entire ordeal of securing the game. It’s an entertaining read – and his experience almost justifies the exorbitant cost.

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Last Updated: July 3, 2009

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Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I’m old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time – they were capable of being masterpieces. I’m here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

  • Q121

    I read the whole history about this….

    What I always love, is that Americans always hold “world championships” which are only held in america….

  • The existence of any landmasses beyond America’s borders are nothing but myths and hearsay; there is nothing out there but water and sharks.

  • wow!

  • Maxiviper

    All that for a golden Cartridge, wait till he tells his friends “hey guys I just bought a 24 carrot gold Nintendo Cartridge isn’t that cool” and the only thing his friends will have a bit of intreset in, is the fact that its gold.

  • Maxiviper

    24 carrot gold PS3 or Xbox 360 – now thats something to get excited about!

  • It’s actually 0 carat gold – it’s a lovely layer of gold paint.

  • Maxiviper

    Ya im saying the paint is 24 carrot gold.

  • “Carrots” are those crunchy orange vegetables Bugs Bunny is so fond of. Precious stones like diamonds are weighed in carats. The same word is used to express the proportion of pure gold in an alloy, though in this usage it is sometimes spelled “karat” (hence the abbreviation “20K gold”). Remember, if you can’t eat it, it’s not a carrot. 😆 😉

  • … You couldn’t help yourself could you

  • No Sir, No I could not.

    It did take me over 24 hours to crack though..So I’m progressing as a human being.


  • MaxiViper

    karat , carrot… sounds the same. ya just have to read what i said in context

  • WitWolfyZA

    Until the nasty E74 or RROD hits your console… Then we’ll se ehow fast that warranty is voided hahaha

  • MaxiViper

    good point, 😀

  • retrooo

    why does it say 55dollar on the gray cartridge? Its worth alot to… lol

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