Rare Nintendo cartridge sells for $12,000 | Games Blog – Yahoo! Games

Rare Nintendo cartridge sells for $12,000 | Games Blog – Yahoo! Games.

Nader Nazemi-Nintendo Powerfest '94 (Credit: JJ Hendricks)

Nintendo Powerfest ’94 (Credit: JJ Hendricks)

These collectibles will fetch many times more in the future. Now the owner has to hang on tight to the game and make sure he sells it for a few hundred thousand in the future. Can it really be worth that much ? Well, take into account devaluation and you are set to be semi-rich.

When it comes to collecting video games, JJ Hendricks knows his stuff.
Earlier this week, he completed a two-year quest to obtain one of the rarest of Nintendo cartridges in existence, shelling out over $12,000 to do so. But the story of how he finally got the collectible is even more fascinating than object itself.
At stake was a Nintendo PowerFest ’94 cartridgefor the Super Nintendo, which was created specifically for a video game competition Nintendo held in the mid-90s across the U.S. and Canada. The cartridge contains tournament versions of three SNES games — Super Mario Bros: The Lost Levels, Super Mario Kart and Ken Griffey, Jr. Baseball. A mere 32 were made, and while they were all supposed to be recycled after the tournament, it didn’t work out that way.
The PowerFest ’94 cartridge, while a serious treasure, isn’t the priciest game in the world. That honor belongs to Stadium Events for the original NES. Two years ago, a sealed copy netted over $40,000 at auction.
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