Rare games that netted a fortune

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Rare games that netted a fortune
There's gold in them thar attics!
As we reported yesterday, one woman recently found herself in possession of an incredibly rare NES game called Stadium Events thanks to a Goodwill visit where she paid just $7.99 for the game. The box alone fetches approximately $10,000, so she expects to receive over $12,000 for the game and box, which are in great condition. Unfortunately there is a slit in the plastic; otherwise she could be in possession of something worth something in the region of $41,000, which is what the last sealed copy of Stadium Events sold for in 2010.


Stadium Events was released in 1987 by Bandai in North America as one of the few games available for the company’s Family Fun Fitness mat. Nintendo bought the rights to the game and fitness mat a year later and subsequently re-released them as World Class Track Meet and the Power Pad controller. All copies of Stadium Events were removed from shelves and destroyed, but 200 had made it into homes across America. It’s estimated that only 20 copies are in existence today. So, what other rare finds are out there?

Kizuna Encounter (European Version)
Platform: Neo Geo Arcade and Home Platform
Year of Release: 1996
Highest Known Price: $10,000

SNK is known for its range of fighting games, including Samurai Showdown, King of Fighters and a range of other titles. In 1996, the company released Kizuna Encounter, which saw teams of two face off against one another. Similar to Street Fighter X Tekken, if a player lost one character, they lost the match.

For some reason wasn’t made widely available in Europe. The game is readily available in North America and in Japan, but the European release was comprised of 12 copies, which are identical except for the packaging and inserts. In collecting, tiny details are everything, and this is the difference between owning something worth $50 and something worth $10,000.


Air Raid
Platform: Atari 2600
Year of Release: 1982
Highest Known Price: $31,600

Air Raid is considered to be the rarest game released for the Atari 2600, as it was the only game released by Men-A-Vision and received limited distribution. The game tasked players with protecting Manhattan from flying saucers, similar to the more commonly known Missile Command. In 2010, the only believed to be complete game (cartridge and box) in existence sold for $31,600. As a lesson to those who prefer not to keep boxes, an incomplete version of the game (cartridge only) sold in 2011 for a little over $3,500. However, the only truly complete game (cartridge, instruction manual and box) believed to be in existence was listed on eBay in 2012 and eventually sold for a whopping $33,433.30.


Tetris
Platform: Sega Mega Drive
Year of Release: 1982
Highest Asking Price: $1,000,000

Everybody knows Tetris, and we’d even go far as to say that everyone loves Tetris, but this asking price has to take the biscuit. While Tetris on the Mega Drive is an incredibly rare commodity, thanks to legal issues between Nintendo and Sega which saw no more than ten copies released, we’re not quite sure it’s worth $1m. Tetris on the Mega Drive is estimated to be worth around $16,000, which the new seller originally paid.

The reason it’s priced so extravagantly is because it is signed by Tetris’ creator, Alexey Pajitnov. The hopeful eBay seller admitted that he originally bought the game for around $16,000 so he’s hoping for a significant profit margin. The eBay sale ended privately and we doubt he got his asking price. At the time, he seemed tempted by offers of around $30,000, which still wouldn’t be a bad payoff.




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