But If You Call It An NES-001, Is It Worth $13,000?

But If You Call It An NES-001, Is It Worth $13,000?

Previously (on Pawn Stars), a Halo cosplayer sought $US2,000 for his custom-built Spartan armour, and walked out with nothing. A little snicker-inducing, but the seller kept his hubris to a minimum and seemed to show more understanding than disappointment, so I felt a little sorry for the guy. This, however, is pure schadenfreude.

Apparently, calling this household ubiquity an NES-001 instead of a plain old NES makes it worth $US13,000. That’s according to some schmoe on A&E’s Storage Wars, which is about those who buy up miserable people’s abandoned storage lockers and try to make more than they spent off their contents. Is there a show that more perfectly crystallizes the sorry state of our economy and our television programming?

Can’t embed the video, but if you want to see someone get served, head here and start at the 14 minute mark. Our huckster sight-diagnoses this as an NES-001, which, yes, it is. And about eleventy zillion of that model were sold in North America. He then declares “this is the first Nintendo DS built.” Well ….

His $US13,000 expectation is built on the auction of an NES and five-game lot that happened to contain a sealed copy of Stadium Events, one of the rarest video games of that era. Needless to say, that game was not found in this locker.

If you just want to cut to the chase, hit the 18:30 mark to see him get his comeuppance. Remember folks, Occam’s Razor would suggest that one man’s trash is in fact trash.

Storage Wars Hunter Assumes Janky NES Is Worth $US13,000 [Game Set Watch via GameInformer.]


  • heys.

    the video wasnt linked in this page. managed to find it, but it wont play for me. might be a region thing (in aus)

    • Occam’s Razor, the theory (simplified) being the simplest solution is often correct.

      While it might not make sense from our perspective. We know a NES console is practically worthless, therefore there had to be another reason the items sold for so high. The same cannot be said for others, The fact he referred to the NES as ‘the first Nintendo DS’ proves he knows very little about video gaming.

      Because of this is not hard to see that there are many reasons an average person could see to explain the why the auction eventually finished at such a ludicrous amount, the easiest/simplest option here is because of the item with the highest presumed amount, that being the console.

  • Does that really say $810? Is it like $81.0 or $8.10 cause I have a working NES at home, Gametraders offered me $50 for it but I decided I’d rather keep it for nostalgia.

  • I watched this show. That guy is a tool.
    The price thing at the bottom is how Much the stuff he has already looked at in the unit he believes is.worth.
    But darell, a show regular , calls his bluff about how much its worth

  • Bottom line was, the NES didn’t work and he was offered $10 for it.

    I’m wondering how much effort he went into to get this in the first place.

    • I hope the “COST” at the left isn’t how much me paid for it… $925.

      Actually, I hope it was, this guy comes off as a totally skeevy loser.

  • The first Nintendo DS?

    Where are the screens? Do you open the cartridge flap and they’re both on the inside, requiring you to peer through the flap to play it?

    In the meantime, I have the second-ever copies of Mario, Mario & Lost Levels, Mario 2 and Mario 3. Does it matter that they’re on the Mario All-Stars SNES compilation? I can stick the ONLY piece of chewing gum I’ve ever chewed to it if you like. Initial asking price – $90,000.

    I think it’s only fair – you’re getting my DNA thrown in, for when Jurassic Park becomes a reality you can also clone endless me’s to feed the buggers.

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