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Nintendo World Championships
Wata 8.5, Grey Cartridge, NES
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Now seen as the genesis of Esports, NWC cartridges are the “holy grails” of video games. Never intended to be distributed, they were used in competition play — one existing in high grade from 1990 is an incredibly rare anomaly.

The Game
This copy is one of the highest-graded versions of this game. There are only two known Wata 9.0s and our Wata 8.5 offering is the third highest grade known. This high grade cartridge is all the rarer given that the game was released 30 years ago without a box and has since traveled around the world.
Recent Sales
Given the scarcity of this game, there are no recent direct comparables. However, in April 2021 a "Super Mario Bros." cartridge sold for $660,000 at auction, setting a new all-time high for video games and effectively lifting the ceiling on the market.
Cultural Significance
To celebrate their 100th anniversary in 1990, Nintendo launched its first annual nationwide video game competition series: the Nintendo World Championships. Throughout the games, contestants played a special Nintendo World Championships Cartridge for NES which contained 3 minigames: Super Mario Bros, Rad Racer, and Tetris. 26 gold cartridges of the game were distributed to Nintendo Sweepstakes Winners. At the time, parents of contestants became irate that their children did not get one. Officials then decided to give the 90 finalists grey cartridges, but some cartridges were also given to Nintendo employees. People speculate that between 350 - 400 copies were ultimately produced, but the number that still exist and are in good condition is much smaller. Therefore, this cartridge is considered to be the most valuable NES cartridge ever released.
Risk
There is a possibility that more copies of this game exist. If these copies enter the ecosystem and are highly graded, the value of this game could decrease. Additionally, this category has grown significantly this past year, and there is a possibility that such growth isn’t replicable going forward.
The Game
Nintendo World Championship
Console
Nintendo NES
Year
1990
Game Grade
8.5
Certification Number
577710-001
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