Rare NES Game selling on *Ebay tops $17,000*
The North American, or NTSC, version of Stadium Events is universally accepted as the rarest licensed NES game available for purchase in North America.
It was recently named #6 on a list of 20 “Holy Grails of Console Gaming”, a list that covered all gaming systems in all countries. The reason for its rarity and subsequent high market price is due to its limited production and sales.
At the time of its launch during the holiday season of 1987, Stadium Events was only available in limited stores. In 1988, Nintendo purchased the North American rights to the FFF mat technology and re-released it as the Power Pad.
The two Family Fun Fitness-branded games that had already been released, as well as Bandai’s version of the running pad accessory, were pulled from shelves and presumed destroyed.
Because of this odd sequence of events, only 2000 copies are believed to have been produced, of which it is estimated that 200 copies reached consumers before being recalled. Today, collectors who follow the online sale of rare video games believe that fewer than 20 complete copies of the game exist, few of which are factory sealed.
As of 2/18/2010 (Feb. 18, 2010), there is one (supposed) factory sealed copy of the game listed on eBay at a current bid price of $17,100. Another past eBay auction of a NES console along with a copy of the game with manual and box landed the seller a winning bid of $13,105 on February 13, 2010.
The Ebay seller says she bought it more than 20 years ago at a store in a Kansas City suburb, realized she couldn’t play it without the control mat, and then when she went to buy one, found they’d all been pulled back because of the Nintendo deal. She kept it sealed thinking she’d return it, but never did.
The seller says she “saw that one lady sell her system and games for what she did,” went and rooted around in her basement and discovered she’d “hit gold!”
**Update** 2/26/2010 (Friday) Final ended Auction Price was $41,300.00 with 115 auction bids
More info from wikipedia.org
Full Article at Kotaku