‘Holy Grail’ of video games valued at $38,000 bought at Goodwill for $8

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‘Holy Grail’ of video games valued at $38,000 bought at Goodwill for $8


By Eric Pfeiffer, Yahoo! News | The Sideshow – 12 hrs ago

A copy of Stadium Events could be worth thousands (Wikicommons)

A North Carolina woman stumbled across a rare find, when she purchased an old 1980’s video game from a Goodwill store for $8. That may not sound like such a great deal. However, it turns out that the game, Family Fun Fitness: Stadium Events, may be worth as much as $38,000.

Video games are not like a fine wine; their value diminishes rapidly with most gamers lucky to get a few dollars of store credit when attempting to trade-in their used games.

Now, it may come as a surprise to some that a game released in 1986 for the original Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), is drawing such interest, currently set at a $12,000 asking price on the site Game Gavel.

The game could be worth even more than that but the copy was removed from its original packaging and appears to be in a somewhat used condition. Still, there's no doubt it's an extremely rare find.

Video games journalist Katie Williams reports that the unnamed woman spotted the “Holy Grail” of games at the Goodwill outlet store and recalled that a similar copy made news on Yahoo when it sold for more than $10,000 as part an eBay auction.

And how will she spend the money from the jackpot game sell?

“I’m graduating this coming May with my Bachelors degree in Accounting, and the money from this unexpected find will allow us to pay off my student loans,” she told Game Gavel. “We’ve also been saving for just over a year for a down payment on a house, and if anything is left, it will go towards that goal.”

So, why is Stadium Events the most valuable video game in history?

Only 2,00o copies of the game were ever produced, with just 200 of those ever making it into the hands of customers before the game was recalled.

Stadium Events was part of a planned series of “Family Fun Fitness” titles produced by game manufacturer Bandai. The Family Fun Fitness controller was actually a pad connected to the NES where users would run on top of the pad to operate a video game avatar, which competes in athletic competitions like sprinting, hurdles and long jumps.

Nintendo liked the idea of the Family Fun Fitness pad so much that they bought the concept from Bandai and released it under their own banner as the Power Pad.

11 games were eventually released for the Power Pad, though none of them have proven to be nearly as valuable as the extremely rare Stadium Events.
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Wellllll, not many people still have these old systems and we're looking at a limited market. It's probably gonna sit on my shelves for a while. I'll give ya 50 bucks for it.
 

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Wellllll, not many people still have these old systems and we're looking at a limited market. It's probably gonna sit on my shelves for a while. I'll give ya 50 bucks for it.
The nerd rage inside me was cresting until I realized you were going for the Pawn show angle.
 
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Does it seem odd that they are selling NES games for $8. That seems like the price you would see on xbox or PS2 games new in box at places like wholesale clubs.
 

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Does it seem odd that they are selling NES games for $8. That seems like the price you would see on xbox or PS2 games new in box at places like wholesale clubs.
Are you saying it should cost more or cost less? Because NES games can fetch a pretty penny due to relative rarity and age.
 
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Are you saying it should cost more or cost less? Because NES games can fetch a pretty penny due to relative rarity and age.
Less, thought places like Goodwill sold stuff dirt cheap to keep it moving. Didnt think of the rarity angle, or that the demand would be enough either.
 

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Less, thought places like Goodwill sold stuff dirt cheap to keep it moving. Didnt think of the rarity angle, or that the demand would be enough either.
Retro gaming on original consoles is massively popular these days and not just amongst the hipsters. That plus the fact that there are only a handful of copies of that particular game make it extremely valuable for the collector crowd.
 

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Retro gaming on original consoles is massively popular these days and not just amongst the hipsters.
Old games are fun. Yoshi's Island for SNES is just as enjoyable now as it was when it was first released.
 

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Retro gaming on original consoles is massively popular these days and not just amongst the hipsters. That plus the fact that there are only a handful of copies of that particular game make it extremely valuable for the collector crowd.
It's because today's games are totally different. Even as far as the Play Station 1, games were still pretty similar to what they were on NES and Sega, just way better in terms of graphics and shit. Now that games are practically a different animal, those retro games stand on their own as a uniquely different experience. Not to mention nostalgia value for people in our age group.
 

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A few years ago I bought "Shining Force 2" for Sega Genesis for $30.

Still probably my favorite video game ever. One day I'll buy a working Genesis again so I can play!
 

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A few years ago I bought "Shining Force 2" for Sega Genesis for $30.

Still probably my favorite video game ever. One day I'll buy a working Genesis again so I can play!
I have been trying to get a copy of Shining Force 3 for under $100 for years. I payed $120 ish to replace my original Saturn and something like 20 games to put it in perspective.
 

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I have been trying to get a copy of Shining Force 3 for under $100 for years. I payed $120 ish to replace my original Saturn and something like 20 games to put it in perspective.
I never got to play SF3, and always wanted to. Looked like so much damn fun!!
 

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I never got to play SF3, and always wanted to. Looked like so much damn fun!!
I found a play through on youtube and watched it intently only to get to the end and read that the guy stopped playing before he finished with no plans to complete the game. It was a sad moment.
 

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I found a play through on youtube and watched it intently only to get to the end and read that the guy stopped playing before he finished with no plans to complete the game. It was a sad moment.

Hahaha!! What a dick.
 

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Wellllll, not many people still have these old systems and we're looking at a limited market. It's probably gonna sit on my shelves for a while. I'll give ya 50 bucks for it.
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