This Prototype Legend Of Zelda Cartridge Can Be Yours For $150,000

This Prototype Legend Of Zelda Cartridge Can Be Yours For $150,000

Why spend $15 on a box-less copy of The Legend of Zelda for the original Nintendo Entertainment system when you can spend $150,000 on a mustard yellow NES cartridge adorned with a faded label with the game’s name typed on it? It’s collectible craziness available right now on eBay.

Now I can understand paying a pretty penny for the factory sealed and graded copy of The Legend of Zelda for the NES, but not much more than $US500. I wouldn’t pay that much myself — I’d make my own box for a cheaper loose copy — but I understand the allure to a collector.

What I don’t get is why anyone would consider paying $US149,500 more for this.


I have no doubt that this is a prototype copy of The Legend of Zelda. There’s a video of the seller playing it, pictures of the prototype board inside the cartridge; nothing is making me question the validity of his claims. I’m just questioning his asking price. Is this one-of-a-kind yellow mess really worth that much?

If I have to ask, I’m probably not the target audience. Then who is?

The Legend of Zelda NES Nintendo Prototype and VGA Factory Sealed copy graded 85 [eBay via Luxury Launches]


  • A lot of people underestimate the value of some of these prototypes… especially for a game which is widely considered to be one of the most influential titles in history. The true treasure isnt the cart itself; rather its the rom thats sitting on the cart itself. Especially if this is an old prototype, and far from completion the differences between proto and retail would be staggering. It could veryy well provide a glimpse as to how Zelda came to be what it is; its initial design etc…

    frankly the asking price, though way out of my reach seems very fair.

  • I’ll tell ya who’d pay for this – complete fucking morons or collectors with too much money, who basically also fits into the first category. I mean, there are people out there who pay thousands of dollars for Lady Gaga’s tampon,

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