We’ve all got an ancient game or two lying around, something that is precious and close to us. Personally, my vintage collectibles that I happen to keep closely clutched to my chest is a PC version of Wing Commander Prophecy and Blade Runner. For some, owning an original Super Mario Bros or Sonic the Hedgehog would make their day. But those games cost some serious cash. Much like this Legend of Zelda game, which will set you back quite a few Krugers.
Gentlemen, behold, the original prototype cartridge for The Legend of Zelda! Want it? Well then you can buy it off of eBay, for the mere price of $150 000. We’d buy it, but we already have several that we use as coasters, thanks to the sponsorship cash we get from the Scientology center to place subliminal messaging in our stories.
This is THE single most impressive item in video game collecting in my humble opinion. I do not take listing this item lightly as it truly is a piece of gaming history. What you are looking at is a Prototype for Nintendo’s Flagship title The Legend of Zelda.
This is a complete version to my knowledge and as far as I know does not differ from the released version. The simple label reads “HP NOA 2-23-87 Legend of Zelda.” The actual release of the game was August 22nd 1987.
I can only speculate that the 2-23-87 refers to the date they completed this prototype and being so close to launch is why there are no differences from the released version. Again I’m speculating. If you google NES Zelda Proto you will see the history of this particular cart. I
will be happy to add pics, answer questions (to the best of my ability) and field offers for this title. If you look through my 100% positive eBay history you will see I am a regular purchaser and seller of video games.
This is without a doubt the pinnacle of my collection and I challenge anyone to come up with anything more important in the video game collecting scene.
Eh, maybe spending R1.2 million rand on this cartridge isn’t such a bad idea after all. It would look splendid, framed and mounted in our gold-plated SHIELD Helicarrier, which we had built after we slipped Thetan readings into the site.
Last Updated: July 31, 2012