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Super rare Nintendo game sells for nearly $100,000

A super rare Nintendo game sold for nearly $100,000, despite a badly damaged label. The copy of the Nintendo World Championships had a starting bid of $4,999 and rose all the way to $99,902 before time ran out and bidding ended on Jan. 25, 2014 at 3:55 p.m. Pacific.

The super rare Nintendo game was listed in acceptable condition. That's the lowest grade available on eBay. An "acceptable" video game still meets the following criteria: "An item with obvious and significant wear but is still operational. May have tears or holes in VHS/DVD box. The video game instructions and box may not be included. See the seller’s listing for full details and description of any imperfections." This game was advertised as being in working order and "100% adult owned."

A quick look at the eBay listing tells the complete story of this super rare Nintendo game:

Obviously, you'll immediately notice the ripped label. This is quite unfortunate but happened many decades ago by this point in time. No one knows the exact number of this cart (as each NWC cart was individually labeled upon production) as it appears in the upper left-hand corner of the cart label. This is known as the infamous "Mario" NWC cart that someone probably wrote on there long ago not having a clue what they actually had.

Still, case in point, this is an authentic, original NWC cart from the championship back in the early 90s. The cart plays just fine and may some day be worth much more if someone decides to investigate a forensics lab's involvement to see if they can determine the official number by running tests on the cart.

Amazingly, there is another copy of this super rare Nintendo game for sale on eBay, with one slight difference. A listing for an "NES Nintendo World Championship GOLD Cart Super RARE 100% Authentic Adult Owned" still has nine days left on the auction, and the price is already sitting pretty at $26,100.

The biggest difference, of course, is the gold-toned plastic of the cartridge. The super rare Nintendo game that just sold for nearly $100,000 was not a gold version. In addition, the label is missing entirely on this particular item. Given that the gold version is even more scarce than the original, it will be interesting to see how high the bidding gets before the auction ends.