Sealed Copy of NES Cult Classic Kid Icarus Earns 9K at Auction

first_img One child’s trash is their own prospective treasure: An unopened copy of the 1987 video game “Kid Icarus” recently sold for $9,000 in an online auction.Scott Amos found the cult classic title in the attic of his childhood home in Reno, Nev., earlier this year.Hidden amongst boxes that I can only assume contain at least one Cabbage Patch Kid, various Star Wars action figures and Micro Machines, a Simon memory game, and a Spirograph, Amos uncovered a gold mine.The sealed game cartridge—complete with 30-year-old J.C. Penney receipt—originally sold for $38.45 (after taxes). That’s more than $86 in today’s rates.“It was kind of funny,” Amos told the Reno Gazette Journal last week, admitting that he thought the cartridge was worth “a couple hundred dollars.”After contacting video game experts, Amos learned that he had “something special” lying on his kitchen counter—well within reach of his two young daughters.He immediately called his wife to put the nest egg in a more secure location.“I didn’t want the kids pulling it down or coloring on it,” Amos said.Despite the ravages of time (not to mention three decades’ worth of dust), his copy remained in fairly good condition: Grading service Wata Games scored the box an eight-out-of-10 and the wrapper an A (short of the maximum A++).The game’s J.C. Penney receipt and price sticker (skillfully removed from the seal) (via Heritage Auctions)There are fewer than 10 known factory-sealed “Kid Icarus” cartridges in the hands of collectors worldwide. It’s even more rare to find a vintage game with its original tag and receipts, according to Heritage Auctions.Amos doesn’t actually recall buying the NES title.“I can remember the game,” he told the Gazette Journal. “My neighbor down the street had it. I remember it being hard, and I was never that good of a gamer guy.”The family man plans to split the proceeds 50-50 with his older sister.“We’re doing a Disney World vacation next month,” Amos said. “Instead of doing something responsible, we’re going to have some fun with it.”Set in a fantasy world, Nintendo’s 1980s platformer follows Cupid-esque angel Pit on his quest for Three Sacred Treasures.Despite mixed reviews—praised for its music and mixture of genre-bending gameplay elements, criticized for its graphics and high-difficulty level—”Kid Icarus” has risen to cult status.Sequel “Kid Icarus: Of Myths and Monsters” was released for GameBoy in 1991; and a third entry in the series, “Kid Icarus: Uprising,” hit Nintendo 3DS in 2012, following Pit’s inclusion as a playable character in 2008’s “Super Smash Bros. Brawl.”In February, a rare mint-condition, sealed copy of “Super Mario Bros.” for NES set a world record when it sold for $100,150 at auction.Nintendo reprinted the popular title between 1985 and 1994. But the first two iterations were sticker-sealed copies, buyable only in Los Angeles and New York during the test market launch of the Nintendo Entertainment System.More on Tyson Is Still Pissed Over Nintendo’s ‘Punch-Out!!’Nintendo Switch Lite Is Your Next Nintendo HandheldGeek Plays: Nintendo Switch Online NES Games Stay on target Study: Two-Thirds of Online Gamers Experience ‘Severe’ HarassmentTesla Adds ‘Sadistically Difficult’ Cuphead to In-Vehicle Game Lineup last_img

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