You read that right. Twenty three thousand dollars for an NES cartridge. Now, if you're a customer of Retro Rocket, chances are you're a collector and you know what this thing is and why it's so expensive. For the uninitiated, read on!
The Nintendo World Championship was an event held in 1990 in 30 American cities. Cartridges were designed by Nintendo for competition use only, and as such, were produced in an extremely limited number and never released to the public. Over the years, 90 or so have made their way into the hands of collectors. And in March of 2019, a new copy surfaced in the Seattle area! If you haven't heard, check out this video, courtesy of the MetalJesusRocks YouTube channel. In the video, Kelsey Lewin (curator of her own outstanding Youtube channel) verifies the cartridge as legitimate.
Pretty neat, right?
Fast forward a week or so and the news hits that the cart has sold to an anonymous collector for $23,000 thanks to input and support from collectors like YOU. For the full story in the seller's own words, check out this Reddit thread.
Long story short: Neat story about a super-rare, holy-grail cart that showed up out of the blue and made the owner some much needed cash.
Oh, and if we at Retro Rocket manage to unearth another one someday, we're gonna put it up for sale right here. And we'll let it go cheap, too! Maybe $21,000? Hey, that's a thousand bucks off the asking price, pal! ;)
This month has seen a whole mess of new titles added to our store, and some really good ones at that. Stuff like Tempest 4000, Breath of Fire III, and Melody of Elemia Limited Edition.
Our inventory strategy here is simple:
1. Specialize in good collector-quality stuff and sell it at a great price.
2. Keep other popular stuff on hand and make sure it's of the highest quality at the lowest possible price.
3. Don't overdo it! We have a limited inventory because we want to concentrate on quality over quantity. Sure, we have lots of inexpensive sports titles and whatnot, but our games aren't bargain bin leftovers by any stretch of the imagination.
We'll keep growing...you guys keep letting us know what you wanna see. Thanks, pal!