On Friday, the sealed cassette of The Legend of Zelda was sold for $870,000, making it the most expensive video game in auction history. This auction broke the previous record, which was obtained by selling a sealed copy of Super Mario Bros. for $660,000 in April. Both sets are sold by Heritage Auctions, and each set price includes 20% of the buyer’s fee.
This transaction overshadowed the previous sale of The Legend of Zelda on the auction site. Prior to this, another high-end cassette of the game was sold at a price of US$50,400 in September 2020, making this price approximately 17 times the price of the previous one. Well, this is factory sealed, and the Wata seal is rated at 9.0 A (10 is the highest possible rating). But apart from its conditions, most of its value comes down to: it is the only copy of an earlier work that auction sites have the opportunity to provide, and as the list says, it may have to be available to many people. year. A picture of a sealed Zelda cartridge: Heritage Auctions A picture of a sealed Zelda cartridge: Heritage Auctions “It is generally believed that the copy sold on Friday is one of two sealed copies of “NES TM” rated by Wata.”
The cartridge is a rare variant of the Legend of Zelda, which was replaced by another version only after a few months of production in late 1987. The auction description read: “Basically, this copy is the first sealed copy that people really want to get.” Coupled with the strong interest of fans and the cultural significance of the Legend of Zelda series, it has become very popular. project…You can read the full description of the auction here: The Legend of Zelda-Wata 9.0 A Seal [No Rev-A, Round SOQ, Early Production], NES Nintendo 1987 USA. In fact, the word “Holy Grail” is just beginning to touch the surface of the game description. Of all the games we auction, the early production sealed copy of the first game in the groundbreaking Legend of Zelda series is undoubtedly a model of rarity, cultural significance, and collectibles.
The well-known perfect trio of collectors, only one person will be honored to call it his own. Although this is a harsh fact, it is a fact in any case: the copy of this title we previously provided can’t even try to match it. Because of this, its extremely rare variant has an early production state. This matter is completely indisputable. This is the only copy of the early production series that we have the opportunity to provide and may have the opportunity to provide in many years to come.
Considering that this variant was only produced for a few months in late 1987 and was finally replaced by the “Rev-A” variant in early 1988, this statement may not be surprising to collectors. There is only one other variant before the “NES R” variant provided, and that is the “NES TM” variant, which is the real first production. However, it is also generally believed that only one sealed “NESTM” example exists, and it is not known whether this copy will be put on the market. Essentially, this copy is the first sealed copy that people really want to get, so if you are a lucky person with $870,000 in free money, then congratulations, you got a very good and very rare Zelda. Don’t open it!