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1987 Zelda Game Cartridge Sells for 'World Record' $870,000

Still in its original packaging.
by Agence France Presse
11 hours ago
The sealed copy of "The Legend of Zelda" for the old Nintendo NES console has sold for a record-shattering $870,000.
Photo/s: Heritage Auctions/Twitter

NEW YORK -- A sealed cartridge of "The Legend of Zelda" for the old Nintendo NES console has sold for a world record sum of $870,000 (about P43.4 million), auction house Heritage Auctions said in a statement Friday.

The cartridge, dated to 1987, is still in its original packaging and trumps the previous world record sale of a video game -- $660,000 for a 1986 "Super Mario Bros" cartridge sold in April -- according to the auction house. 

The game was the "masterpiece" in a sale of 443 lots that runs until Sunday, Eric Bradley, spokesperson for the Dallas-based company, told AFP.

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The auction house has not revealed the identity of the buyer.

Blending adventure, action and exploration in a magical universe, Zelda is one of the most significant titles in the history of video games and one of Nintendo's best-known series.

Retro video games have become increasingly popular with nostalgic collectors in recent years, driving up prices for old-school consoles and cartridges at auctions.

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