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The WATA Population Report

This week, game grading authority WATA released its first population report. The inaugural report features only NES games, though WATA has stated they plan to release a more comprehensive report in 2022.


This report is a major development for the collectible video game market and significantly increases transparency for collectors and investors alike. 


We did a quick lookup to see what the report means for the games on Otis, so you don’t have to. Here’s what we found:


Contra

Wata 9.2, A+ Sealed, Rev-A, Round SOQ


The population report doesn’t break down variants for Contra, but in total there are 12 copies graded higher and 6 copies graded at an equivalent 9.2.


Golf NES

Wata 9.8, A Sealed, Rev-A, Round SOQ


This copy of Golf is the single highest graded, with no other copies achieving a 9.8. That said, there do exist earlier variants in lower grades.


Metroid

Wata 9.4, A+ Sealed, Rev-A, Oval SOQ R


Across all variants, there are 4 copies that have achieved a higher grade (9.6) and 15 copies that have achieved an equivalent 9.4 grade. It is worth noting, however, that our copy is a later variant.


Mike Tyson’s Punch Out!!

Wata 9.4, A+ Sealed, No Rev-A, Round SOQ


This is the earliest variant of the game with no copies graded higher. There is one other copy of this variant that has achieved a 9.4 grade for a total population of 2.


Nintendo World Championships

Wata 8.5, Grey Cartridge


In total there have been 26 grey cartridges graded by Wata, with only 2 achieving a higher grade (9.0) and 2 (including ours) achieving an equivalent grade (8.5).


Super Mario Bros. 

Wata 9.4, A+ Sealed, Rev-A, Round SOQ


While this copy is the highest graded copy of this variant (population 3). Across all variants there exist 23 copies graded higher (only 2 of which are from earlier variants) and 26 copies that achieved a 9.4 grade (only 4 of which are from earlier variants).


Super Mario Bros. 3

Wata 9.6, A Sealed, Rev-A, Oval SOQ R, USA-1 Code


Across all variants there exist 10 copies graded higher and 29 copies that achieved a 9.6 grade.


Tetris Collection

Tetris: Wata 9.8, A++ Sealed, Rev-A, Oval SOQ R

Tetris 2: Wata 9.8, A++ Sealed, Rev-A, Oval SOQ R


Across all variants there exist only 4 copies of Tetris and 3 copies of Tetris 2 that have achieved a 9.8 grade.


Zelda II: Adventures of Link

Wata 9.6, A+ Sealed, Rev-A, Round SOQ


Across all variants there exist only 5 copies graded higher and 20 copies that achieved a 9.6 grade.

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