A VERY RARE Nintendo cartridge has sold for just short of $100,000 on eBay and another equally rare copy is still being bid on.
The game in question is the Nintendo Entertainment System NES Nintendo World Championship, which is something of a holy grail for fans of that games console.
The first version to go up for bid was a standard cartridge with sticker removed. It was listed as being of "acceptable quality" on the eBay auction website.
328 bids were made on it, and it sold this weekend for $99,902.00, or around £60,000, despite its condition.
"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," says the listing.
"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."
About 6,500 people were following the auction when it closed.
Anyone that might think they have missed out by not buying this cartridge can fret no more, as a gold version of the same cartridge has since appeared on eBay.
Currently this shinier version, which again is missing its label, is attracting some attention and has already been bid up to around £20,000.
The NES cartridges were produced in limited numbers and were used at a Nintendo competition called the Nintendo World Championship. µ