Strange, One-of-a-Kind Nintendo Cartridge Fetches Highest Price Yet

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Only one of these Nintendo cartridges exist in the world, which is why it has beaten the $17,500 gold 1990 Nintendo World Championships cartridge. The new record: $20,400. However, its price is not the strangest thing about it.

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The strangest thing is that you have to modify your NES to be able to connect it, and the thing has a telephone jack built-in.

The cartridge was created for the 1991 Nintendo Campus Challenge, which travelled around 60 college campuses. It contains a minigame version of Super Mario Brothers 3, another of Pin*Bot, and a minigame version of Dr. Mario. In theory, it was destroyed after the event. However, it seems that this one had a hidden 1Up and survived the cartextimation.

Many years passed and, in 2006, it was bought by Rob Walters for $40 in a garage sale, alongside many other NES games that were later valued for a total of $50,000. The 1991 Nintendo Campus Challenge sold the last time for $14,000 in July 2009. [Thanks JJ]

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It is a good thing the shipping was free or I never would have put in my bid.

Sorry, I don't care if it is one of a kind, paying 20K for a video game is ridiculous. Isn't it? Then again, maybe I just do not understand the point.

Mr. Diaz - was this sold in the Seattle area? I was curious if this fell into a garage sale near the Nintendo USA headquarters or whether it traveled the world first.