A RARE Final Fantasy II sample cartridge has landed on online auction website Ebay with a $50,000 asking price.
The seller, Fefea, based in Oakland, California justifies the high markup by saying the item is "the only real copy in the world of this lost game" that is "playable, in English, from beginning to end".
In the auction's page description, Fefea says that the role playing game is so rare because it never saw a Western release on the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES).
"This particular cartridge was put together by the fine folks at Square Soft USA (a very small company at the time) to display at the 1991 Winter Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas," the description reads.
"The plan was to release the game later that year, but instead, Square scrapped its 8-bit NES plans to focus on the new 16-bit Super Nintendo."
Though the item is listed on an auction page, the cartridge's colossal asking price is a fixed amount and only available if you "Buy It Now" or make an offer that meets the seller's requirements.
So far there have been 85 offers made on the cartridge, all of which must have been rejected as it is still for sale.
The seller claims he has been the owner of the rare cartridge for over nine years and as far as he is aware, the game is the only legitimate copy that exists.
"Any other copies you have seen of Final Fantasy II for the NES have been bootlegs, this is the real deal," Fefea maintains. "It has been stored securely since it was originally purchased in 2003, and until I took the photos for this auction, it had not touched a console since that time."
Fefea claims that he acquired the cartridge from a "private collector" with whom he is no longer in touch. Any other information regarding the game cartridge's origin remains unknown.
Whether the item will sell in the time it has left on the Ebay auction website is anyone's guess, although the comical questions asked by Ebay members that have been posted on the item's webpage suggest that a sale is very unlikely.
One particular question reads, "Wow $50,000. Lmao what is wrong with you? ill rather buy a new car. you need help...", to which the seller replied, "I've gotten about thirty questions similar to this one, I'm going to post this one just so everyone knows what I've got to deal with selling this thing...." µ
But it's probably not going to be available to customers anytime soon
But it's OK cos he thinks the battery life is crap
Callas to Cupertino
Cheers, trebles and big bonuses all round