World record for most expensive video game auction is now $1.56 million [Updated]

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Update, July 11: Two days after our original report went live, Heritage Auctions' latest slate of game-related auctions concluded with a staggering highlight: a boxed, sealed copy of Super Mario 64 selling for a new world-record auction bid of $1.56 million. This copy of the N64 classic doesn't include any indication about being a special or rare print of the game; rather, it comes with an uncommon Wata Games rating of 9.8 out of 10, making it as pristine a box of the 25-year-old game as you might ever find in the wild.

The world record for most expensive video game sold at auction has now been surpassed by a staggering amount, thanks to a sealed, "9.0"-rated copy of 1987's The Legend of Zelda.

A boxed copy of the game's first printing on the American NES sold on Friday via Heritage Auctions at a staggering $870,000, soundly surpassing the previous gaming-auction high of $660,000. That honor went to a rare, sealed copy of the original Super Mario Bros., also for the American NES, only three months ago.

This week's Zelda auction began with an astonishing opening bid of $110,000, yet that amount was merited by its particular rarity. The copy in question was part of a late-1987 production run dubbed "NES R," which preceded the game's wider initial production run in early 1988 (dubbed "REV-A," as per a marking on its box). The latter was a much wider run that coincided with the console's explosion in American popularity, and it, too, featured a foil-gold cartridge. Thus, don't assume that your shiny Zelda cartridge in an old drawer is somehow worth close to a million dollars—especially since this auction happens to come in a sealed, original box.

Gaming historians know of one other production run that came before NES R, but it's unclear whether those "NES TM" copies ever left Nintendo HQ or were stored in similarly boxed-and-sealed fashion. As Heritage itself claims in the auction's listing page: "Essentially, this copy is the earliest sealed copy one could realistically hope to obtain." (The company forgot to add the crucial "unless your dad works for Nintendo" tag there, of course.)

This NES R copy of Zelda was the highlight in Heritage's latest gaming auction spree, which, as of press time, includes the following jaw-dropping results, all for boxed-and-sealed gaming classics. This list of particularly high prices is largely attached to special indicators of a game's earliest production run, with two crucial "circles" in mind: the circular Nintendo Seal of Quality on early NES games, and a round Nintendo-branded sticker that guaranteed the box in question hasn't been opened yet.

As of press time, the full gaming auction in question is still ongoing, and it includes every console generation imaginable, with opening bids in the tens and hundreds of thousands for the likes of Super Mario 64, Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Crash Bandicoot 1, Tomb Raider 1, and more.

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Rare 1987 copy of Legend of Zelda sells for $870,000, becomes most expensive video game ever after

Daily Mail 14 July, 2021 - 09:09am

By Dan Avery For Dailymail.com and Chris Ciaccia

A rare, sealed copy of Nintendo's original The Legend of Zelda sold at auction for $870,000 on Friday, setting a record for the most expensive video game. 

Dallas-based Heritage Auctions auctioned off the unopened game, which was hovering at around $115,000 on Thursday.

It's one of many sought-after vintage console games in Heritage's first video-game auction, which ends July 10.

The copy of Zelda, housed inside a plastic case, has a grade of 9.0 from Wata Games, a game grading company.

It's a No Rev-A Round SOQ model, which was produced in late 1987, before being replaced by the Rev-A variant in 1988.

Round SOQ signifies that it had a round seal of quality (SOQ), compared to the oval seal used in later versions.

Dallas-based Heritage Auctions auctioned off an unopened copy of The Legend of Zelda for $870,000, the most ever paid at auction for a video game

'I had a lot of confidence in this game, and, yet, I still feel like the reality of today's bidding exceeded my vision of how it would play out,' Heritage Auctions Video Games Specialist Valarie McLeckie said in a statement. 'Making history is never an easy thing. I'm just really proud we got to be part of this yet again.'

While Heritage sold a copy of Zelda in September 2020 for $50,400 and another in April 2021 for $38,400, the oneon auction this week was in a category all its own, the company said in the product description.

'While it is a hard truth, it is a truth nonetheless — none of the copies we've offered of this title previously could even attempt to hold a candle to this one due to its incredibly rare variant that holds early production status. This matter is completely inarguable.'  

Wata noted that early Nintendo games had cartridges made with five screws, but later editions switched to a three-screw design.

'To denote it, Nintendo decided it was necessary to change the box, as well as the cart label and other pieces contained with the game,' including marking it with a 'Rev-A,' Wata said in a statement.

The copy auctioned off is a rare No Rev-A Round SOQ model, which was produced in late 1987, before being replaced by the Rev-A variant in 1988

According to Heritage, this version of Zelda was only produced for a few months in late 1987, before it was ultimately replaced by the 'Rev-A' variant in early 1988.

'Essentially, this copy is the earliest sealed copy one could realistically hope to obtain,' the auction house said.

'Only one other variant precedes the offered 'NES R' variant and that is the 'NES TM' variant, which is the true first production run.'

It's widely believed that only a single sealed 'NES TM' cartridge exists, Heritage said, and there's no telling when or if it will ever come to market.

A sealed copy of the original 1985 Super Mario Bros. game, with a 9.0 rating, sold for $228,000, one of just several high sellers at Heritage's first video game auction

''The Legend of Zelda' marks the beginning of one of the most important sagas in gaming; its historical significance can't be understated,' McLeckie said in an earlier statement.

'This is the only copy from this production run we've ever offered in sealed condition, and may very well be the only one we ever offer in this elite level of preservation for many years.

'Its rarity is superior to that of any sealed game we've offered to date, it is a true collector's piece,' she added.

Several other rare vintage video games were auctioned for top dollar today, as well, including a sealed copy of Super Mario World with a 9.4 rating that sold for $360,000, a 1985 copy of Super Mario Bros with a 9.0 rating that sold for $228,000, and a copy of Final Fantasy from 1990 with a 9.8 rating that went for $204,000.

Lesser known finds also did well: a cartridge for the Nintendo World Championships 1990 sold for $180,000, while a copy of Konami's 1987 scrolling shooter Contra was auctioned off for $150,000 and a sealed edition of Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! went for $84,000.

Heritage also auctioned a copy of Konami's 1987 scrolling shooter Contra for $150,000 and a  copy of Final Fantasy from 1990 for $204,000

Vintage video games are becoming an increasingly valuable commodity among collectors.

In July 2020, Heritage sold a sealed copy of Super Mario Bros. 3, graded Wata 9.0 A, for $38,400.

In November, it auctioned off another copy for $156,000 at auction, a record at the time.

By April 2021, though, that record was shattered when a copy Super Mario Bros sold for $660,000, The Verge reported.    

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Man arrested for selling modified Zelda: Breath of the Wild saves - Market Research Telecast

Market Research Telecast 12 July, 2021 - 05:08pm

The Niigata Prefecture Police Department has arrested a Chinese man for the illegal sale of modified saves from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, the original title for Nintendo Switch. This has been collected by the Broadcasting System of Niigata, information that has also been echoed by Eurogamer. According to these data, the man was arrested on July 8 in Tokyo.

These modified versions include improvements to the character’s abilities, as well as items that are difficult to obtain. The arrested man was allegedly selling saves of other video games in addition to Breath of the Wild, although more details about it have not transpired. What is known is that through this criminal activity he has been able to obtain approximately 10 million yen, which in exchange is about 77.000 euros. It provided these services through a website since December 2019, in which it charged 26 euros more or less for each of the saved.

According to BSN, the activity carried out by the arrested violates the Japanese law on prevention against unfair competition. It is not the first time that something similar has happened in the Japanese country. In February of this same year, a 23-year-old was arrested after he allegedly made more than 1 million yen after selling thousands of modified Pokémon Sword and Shield files.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has accompanied the Nintendo Switch since its launch in March 2017. A couple of years later its sequel was announced, which was recently seen in the Nintendo Direct of E3 2021. Nintendo has already confirmed that it will not see the light until 2022, although followers of Link’s adventures will have the opportunity to enjoy The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD from July 16.

Source | Eurogamer

How Long is The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD?

Nintendo Wire 12 July, 2021 - 03:50pm

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The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD Video Shows How Autosaves Work

Sirus Gaming 12 July, 2021 - 02:58pm

In case you forget to save manually in your playthrough.

Game company Nintendo has recently shared a new video of upcoming HD remaster video game The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD.

In this new video, Nintendo explains who the autosave system works in this new HD remaster. This is part of the new feature that the company is adding to make it more progressive for modern players. The game will periodically save a player’s progress automatically.

The Legend of #Zelda: #SkywardSwordHD features an autosave system that saves your progress at regular intervals. If you save at a Bird Statue, you can now choose from one of the three available slots to save to. pic.twitter.com/j23GgYZPla

Players can also save at a certain section of the game, which is at a Bird Statue. If they do that, they can choose from one of the three available slots to do so.

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD will launch exclusively on Nintendo Switch this coming July 16, 2021.

Enter to win Zelda controllers and apparel in the Skyward Sword sweepstakes

iMore 12 July, 2021 - 02:20pm

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Nintendo is offering a sweepstakes through the My Nintendo rewards program. The sweepstakes is themed around The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword and offers quite a few valuable Zelda merchandise items for fans of the franchise around the world.

Interested persons can enter for the chance to win a prize pack featuring four items:

Persons 13 years and older can enter via the My Nintendo website where up to three entries can be made at 10 Platinum coins each. Entrants must be legal residents in the United States, District of Columbia and Canada (excluding Quebec) and must submit their entries by 11:59 p.m. on August 1, 2021.

What items are you most looking forward to? Have you snagged yourself a pre-order for Skyward Sword and the Zelda Loftwing amiibo yet? Let us know in the comments!

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Why This Breath Of The Wild Modder Just Got Arrested

SVG 12 July, 2021 - 02:01pm

The 27-year-old gamer was caught using an online auction site to sell modified "Breath of the Wild" Switch save files, calling them "the strongest software" and charging around $31 (3,500 yen) each. The files offered ability boosts and hard-to-find items, meant to give players who purchased them a unique playing experience and a huge edge over the game's normal difficulty level. According to Dexerto, Sho described the version of the game he was selling as the "ultimate" "Breath of the Wild" experience. Upon his arrest, Sho revealed to police that he had earned about $90,000 selling modded files in the past 18 months, even before his "Breath of the Wild" business venture.

The Unfair Competition Prevention Law was put in place to prevent the misleading of customers, as well as to deter hackers and bootleggers from creating "counterfeit goods" or causing "confusion with other party's widely-known indication of goods or business."

Now that you understand the legal side of what happened, you might be wondering why cheats for a game from 2017 are suddenly such a hot commodity in 2021? Simply put: "Zelda" is hotter right now than ever before, and not just because of the upcoming HD version of "Skyward Sword."

After years of anticipation and rumors, the "Breath of the Wild" sequel is set to drop in 2022. "Zelda" fans around the world are prepping for the next chapter by revisiting the original game, which could be part of why Sho was able to profit off of the excitement of fellow gamers in Japan.

The latest trailer for The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD shows us the game's free camera, which was not on Wii - Market Research Telecast

Market Research Telecast 12 July, 2021 - 01:45pm

Recently, we were able to enjoy a trailer of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD that showed us some of the “Quality of Life” improvements from the Nintendo Switch remaster. However, no reference was made to use of a free camera. Something that Nintendo has now confirmed, and a feature that was not present in the original Wii game.

Some changes have been made to the opening hours of The Legend of #Zelda: #SkywardSwordHD to make for a smoother play experience, and to get you on your grand adventure to the surface world sooner! Here’s one example where mandatory advice from Horwell has been adjusted. pic.twitter.com/KofowPZwn4

— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) July 11, 2021

As you can see, the news has come through a publication in the official Nintendo America account. This is what they have commented through the message:

“Some changes have been made in the early hours of The Legend of #Zelda: #SkywardSwordHD to make the gaming experience smoother and to take you on your great adventure to the surface world sooner. Here’s an example where Horwell’s mandatory advice has been adjusted. “.

Although Nintendo has not provided information on how this free camera system will work, it is very we can probably operate the camera with the right stick of the Pro controller, or through the Switch’s Joy-Con. Remember that, after all, that it was not possible in the original game.

In fact, in the Wii title we could only play with the Wii Mote and a NunchukSo we only had a stick for Link’s movement. And speaking of the controls, Nintendo has already confirmed that these will improve a lot in the remaster. You can read more about this matter, here.

Illegal ‘Breath Of The Wild’ save file copies lead to fan arrest in Japan

NME 12 July, 2021 - 10:40am

Modified save data from The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild has landed a fan in police custody after attempting to sell them online.

The 27-year-old was detained in Japan after illegally produced Breath Of The Wild save files listed on an auction site in April were found to belong to him.

Tampering with save files is not always a criminal offence, but Japan has been implementing far stricter rules in recent years, leading to several incidents. For example, a man was sent to jail earlier in the year for hacking Pokémon Sword And Shield, selling Shiny Pokémon online.

The Breath Of The Wild save data contained numerous cheats, and was described by the man as “the ultimate save data”. It included maxed-out stats and upgraded and rare items, customisable to the player’s preference.

According to Dexerto, he had already made approximately $90,800 at the time of his arrest. Japan’s Unfair Competition Prevention Act was passed two years ago and is the reasoning behind the arrest.

A recent glitch found in Breath Of The Wild allowed players to attain the Master Sword far earlier than normal. As one of the only indestructible weapons in the game, the sword advances gameplay significantly.

Breath Of The Wild released alongside the Nintendo Switch in March 2017. Nintendo also released the game on Wii U, which it was originally announced for.

Breath Of The Wild has maintained a level of popularity amongst speed-runners and glitches as a result of its emergent game design. The game has several mechanics and systems, which all interact with one another, allowing players to find unusual and creative exploits.

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