The Most Expensive Video Games in the World ($20,000 to $29,000)
When you think about "rare" toys, you're thinking in terms of the G.I. Joe set up there, where thousands were produced, but not many were sold or survived the decades since. What separates the Gold Edition of the 1990 Nintendo World Championships NES cartridge from every other collectible, however, is that there are only 26 in the world.
And they come with servants who blow into the ends so they'll start up.
The story is that back in 1990, Nintendo hosted a video game tournament in the U.S. called Powerfest, which was basically a real-life version of the Video Armageddon from The Wizard, except without all those embarrassing Power Gloves. Instead, Nintendo created a special NES cartridge programmed with modified versions of Super Mario Bros., Rad Racer and Tetris on it -- contestants had exactly six minutes and 21 seconds to complete these trials, most of which was spent waiting for that fucking long piece in the Tetris portion.
Nerd flashbacks look a lot like this.
Afterward, 90 of these gray cartridges were awarded to championship finalists, but another 26 were mailed out by Nintendo Power in a fancy, The Legend of Zelda-esque gold cartridge. Now rated at a price exceeding $20,000, these gold editions of 1990 Nintendo World Championships give you the unique opportunity of attempting to beat NWC champion Thor Aackerlund's top score of 2,800,000 points, which ... probably won't get you laid, but will earn you the scorn of every Nintendo nerd on the planet (which is almost as satisfying).
And if an expensive retro game that looks like gold isn't good enough for you, luxury watch dealer Swiss Supply also offers a one-of-a-kind original Game Boy console made out of actual 18K gold with solid diamond buttons -- and yes, it's playable.
Finally, scientists have reduced tackiness down to its elemental form.
For the $29,500 it costs, they'll even throw in some actual Game Boy cartridges and original cables, although we'll admit that their game selection leaves something to be desired.
Monopoly, Golf and Super Mario Land. Wait, no Shaq Fu? Pfffft.
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