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‘Super rare’ video game fetches almost $100,000 at auction

An old video game for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) has sold for $99,902 (£60,500) on Ebay, following two days of intense bidding.

The Nintendo World Championship (NWC) game attracted 328 bids on the online auction site, despite being in less than pristine condition.

"Obviously, you'll immediately notice the ripped label," Ebay user muresan wrote on the listing for the "super-rare game".

Only 116 copies of the game were ever made, none of which were made available for general release. Instead the game was made for a tournament in Los Angeles, California, in 1990.

The cartridge contained three mini versions of Super Mario Bros, Rad Racer and Tetris for contestants to play.

NWC has been referred to as the "holy grail" of video games by some enthusiasts. Versions of the game in better condition had previously reached around $10,000 (£6,000) at auction.

"This is an authentic, original NWC cart from the championship back in the early 90s," the listing read. "The cart plays just fine and may someday be worth much more."

"A must for Nintendo collectors, which I can attest to since I've been one for over 25 years. These carts are near impossible to find anywhere so don't let this pass you by!"

Other versions of the game include a Gold Edition given to the winners of the gaming tournament. Even more highly coveted than the standard version, if any of the 26 versions were to turn up for auction, it could potentially attract even higher bids.

Top image: NWC as advertised by muresan (Ebay); Bottom image: Gold Edition NWC (Wikipedia)

Edit: A Gold Edition of NWC has since appeared on Ebay, already attracting bids of $20,000+ (£12,300+)