Most expensive game auctioned: Zelda knocks Mario from the throne


At an auction by Heritage Auctions, a sealed version of the game “The Legend of Zelda” for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) fetched 870,000 dollars (approx. 730,000 euros) and is currently the most expensive video game. Heritage described the game as the “true grail of games”. Of all the games on offer, the early production copy of the first game in the Zelda series is “undoubtedly the apotheosis of rarity”.

The “The Legend of Zelda” that was sold is a so-called “NES R” version, which was only produced for a few months at the end of 1987 before it was finally replaced by a “REV-A” version in production at the beginning of 1988 . The “NES R” variant was only preceded by an “NES TM” variant – “the true first production”. However, one assumes that there is only a sealed version of the “NES TM” variant and that an offer to buy this version is unlikely, according to the description of Heritage.

“The Legend of Zelda” hits the original boxed “Super Mario Bros.” from 1985 with proceeds of 660,000 dollars (approx. 530,000 euros) from the throne of the most expensive video game, which the Italian system mechanic for plumbing technology only ascended in April. The rating of the first “Zelda” game with “Wata 9.0 A” is, however, below that of the Mario game, which was given by the professional rating for retro video games Wata Games received a “Wata 9.6 A +”.

Despite the “worse” rating and lower age compared to “Super Mario Bros.” “The Legend of Zelda” achieved the higher price of $ 870,000 according to Mashable presumably based on the “extreme” rarity. How Heritage explained further in the description, “There has never been a single public opportunity” to purchase this version of the game.

In June, Nintendo announced new adventures with Link at E3. The new part of the “Zelda” series and successor to “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of The Wild” does not yet have a specific name – but there is already a first trailer. Recently, Nintendo also announced a new game console – the “Nintendo Switch (OLED model)” with an improved screen and stand and an integrated LAN port in the dock.

(What: Nintendo)


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