An incredibly rare Nintendo cartridge put up for auction on eBay sold for an incredible $99,902 as video games enthusiasts rushed to snap up the game for their collections.
The initial bidding for eBay user muresan’s offering started at $4,999, despite the fact that the item was in poor condition, with a ripped label and a hasty scrawl of the word “Mario”. What makes the game special enough to be worth such huge amounts to collectors is that only 116 copies of this particular cartridge were ever made. Originally, these cartridges were distributed to participants of the 1990 Nintendo World Championships, so many view them as a part of gaming history.
The cartridge is still in good working order and contains three Nintendo games: Tetris, Super Mario, and Rad Racer. The seller, eBay user muresan, apparently bought the cartridge from a fellow collector a few years previously, but did not in all likelihood pay more than a fraction of the game’s current selling price. In 2011 another copy of the game was sold at a charity auction for $11,000, despite being in better condition.
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