Rare video game sells for $35K at auction

Less than the previously reported $100K but still a hefty price to pay for a game that may never be played again.

Super-rare NES game, Stadium Events sold on Ebay this week for $35,100. The game, although commonly available in PAL regions (which include Europe and the UK), is especially collectable in America (NTSC region) where it is thought only 10 copies of the game cart exist.

As eBay seller menaceone noted in the auction pitch:

“It is well known and accepted in the gaming community that Stadium Events is the rarest licensed NES game available thus making a sealed copy one of the most sought after and prized possessions for any video game collector! “

While the game itself is said to be “terribly average”, Stadium Events was one of the very few games in America that used Bandai’s Family Fun Fitness Mat, a peripheral that was scooped up by Nintendo along with the game rights. Nintendo then went on to release the game as World Class Track Meet and the mat as the Power Pad.

While copies for World Class Track Meet will sell for only a few dollars on eBay, a copy of Stadium Events sold on the auction site for $41,300 in 2010.

Before the auction this week came to a close, bids approaching $100,000 had been placed, although after several offers were cancelled the price dropped and the auction became restricted to pre-approved parties.

The game had been officially verified by the Game Authority in Roswell, Georgia and was sold “sealed it in a professional quality acrylic case where it will remain for the rest of its life. “

A copy of Tetris on the Mega Drive (a game that never made it to market) signed by the game’s creator, Alekséi Pázhitnov is alleged to have sold on eBay for $1 million in 2011.

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