A rare, sealed copy of the original Nintendos The Legend of Zelda has sold at auction for $870,000, setting a record for the most expensive video game, and Dallas-based Heritage Auctions has sold the unopened game, one of many coveted vintage console games at the first gaming auction. Video at Heritage.
According to the British newspaper “Daily Mail”, the Zelda version, which is placed inside a plastic case, has a score of 9.0 from Wata Games, a game rating company.
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It is a No Rev-A Round SOQ model, which was produced in late 1987, before being replaced by the Rev-A in 1988.
The round SOQ indicates that it has a Round Seal of Quality (SOQ), compared to the oval seal used in later versions.
“I had great faith in this game, however, I still feel that the reality of today’s bidding has outstripped my vision of how to play it,” Heritage Auctions video game specialist Valarie McLeckie said in a statement, adding, “Making history is never easy…I Really proud to be a part of this again.”
And while Heritage sold a copy of Zelda in September 2020 for $50,400 and another in April 2021 for $38,400, this week’s Oneon auction was in a category of its own, the company said in the product description.
Early Nintendo games also had cartridges made with five screws, but later versions switched to a three-bolt design, and this version of Zelda was produced for only a few months in late 1987, before it was eventually replaced by the ‘Rev-A’ in early 1987. 1988.
The company said that this is the only copy of this production that we have offered in a closed condition, and it may be the only copy we have ever offered in this outstanding level of preservation for many years.
Vintage video games are becoming an increasingly valuable commodity among collectors. In July 2020, Heritage sold a sealed copy of Super Mario Bros.3, rated Wata 9.0 A, for $38,400, and in November, another copy auctioned for $156,000 at Auction, a record at the time.
Also, in April 2021, this record was shattered when a copy of Super Mario Bros. sold for $660,000, and the company currently stands at $870,000 in a game.