One ultra-rare Nintendo game – $13,105

Stadium Events is considered one of the rarest of the rare. It’s a Nintendo game from the NES era from Bandai, but its so rare that only 10 of these things are assumed to be floating around still intact. And someone just opted to pay $13,105 for a copy according to BoingBoing. Why so rare? According to Wikipedia’s version of events:

  • It was launched by Bandai America at one Woolworth’s store which doubled as a test market for them in 1987. That’s ONE store.
  • In 1988, Nintendo purchased the rights to the mat technology that it used soon after, tech that would become the Power Pad
  • All copies were pulled from shelves and presumably destroyed
  • Only 2000 copies were believed to have been produced and only 200 of these actually reached customers before being pulled
  • Collectors believe that fewer than 10 complete copies exist today, only one of which is factory sealed.

The real value for this isn’t the game itself, either, which also commands a pretty penny. It’s actually the box that’s pricier. That’s right: a plain, old, cardboard box with an image plastered on it.

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So when this auction shows up with a photograph showing a version of Stadium Events in a pristine box, it’s as if someone had just thrown up the video game world’s version of a rare baseball card. NintendoAge, a huge fansite dedicated to NES collectables, news, and sharing stories about their favorite games, have also caught on to the auction and have even given the seller a bit of friendly advice given the “lottery ticket” she had stumbled upon.

It might seem bizarre to many people to spend that much on a game, even to some that love the industry, but to serious collectors that ply the ‘net and local garage sales for those rare bits of video gaming history, they’re just as valuable as the missing seven minutes to the 1937 film version of Lost Horizon.

Michael Jackson. Gaming stuff. Yes.

No jokes needed. The sentence itself is entertaining enough: Michael Jackson is auctioning items, and a TON of his catalog is video game related. Like, ridiculously so. Seriously, flip through this thing. I’m doing it right now. Join me.

- A treasure trove of arcade and pinball machines, including such immortals as X-Men, Crazy Taxi, a Star Trek: TNG pinball game (what? really? I see Picard’s face! That’s awesome! Make it so!), Darkstalkers, The SImpsons — I don’t know if the guy had taste, or if he just bought everything. I’m going with No. 2. This thing is 242 pages, after all.

- A little rideable arcade pony. Let’s move on.

- Whoa. A Lara Croft figure from the classic Tomb Raider series. Doesn’t look poseable. Do not want.

- A stand-up station featuring the Nintendo Virtual Boy. Just now, I heard wrestling announcer Jim Ross’ voice in my head: “Mah god, the Virtual Boy! What’s it doing here?! It’s not supposed to be here!” Let’s keep flipping. Just a few more pages, or I’ll be here all night.

- Holy cow, the Karate Champ arcade game. This was before hadoukens and shouryukens were even possible.

- What the heck is Guitar Freaks? Not Guitar Hero. Guitar Freaks.

- Ah, Dance Dance Revolution. You KNEW this was going to be here. I wonder if he even played this …

- OK, I’m in the 70s when it comes to pages, and I’m getting to a lot of cool action figures. I think I see Bruce Lee with nunchaku and some kind of hat. Also, there’s Batman, Spidey and other heroes in various forms.

All right, I’m stopping. I have other things to do. But I’m not done looking through this. Not at all. By the way, many thanks to biz editor Christina Brock for passing this along.