Nintendo Game & Watch commemorative handheld sells for $9,100 at auction
Nintendo’s vintage game consoles have been breaking records lately. A copy of The Legend of Zelda sold for $8.70,000 in July, while a mint edition of Super Mario 64 was priced at $1.56 million. Now another vintage collectible from Nintendo has set a record for an unreal amount of money.
According to a report by Engadget, a special commemorative edition of a Game & Watch system sold for $9,100 in Japan. The Game & Watch predates the popular Nintendo Game Boy, and this particular version was made by creator Gunpei Yokoi after the company had sold 20,000 million units of the handheld console.
The Game & Watch commemorative system is considered extremely rare, with no known number on how many of these limited edition variants. John Hardie, the director of the National Videogame Museum in Fresco, Texas, suggests the company could have made more than three units, with one unit representing each individual on the plate, according to a report from Ars Technica. However, this is unconfirmed.
About this Game & Watch, yes it is extremely rare, and compared to some other recent video game prices, the final price paid is very low. This piece is museum level (1/3) https://t.co/aKsDgbMDcP
— Before mario (@beforemario) August 21, 2021
Worth much more?
The $9,100 price tag for the Nintendo Game & Watch Commemorative System may seem like a steep price for a vintage console, but truth be told, it’s only a fraction of the price at which vintage games and consoles are auctioned off. These days. A tweet from before mario suggests that the final price is “very low” compared to recent prices for vintage video games.
The Ars Technica report points out that other common variants of the Game & Watch system can be found for as low as $50, while rare variants can cost up to $2,000.