Stadium Events, a rare game published by Bandai for the Nintendo Entertainment System, is one of the industry’s most sought after collectables, and a sealed copy just sold for nearly $42,000. That’s the price of a Tesla Model 3 with a good chunk of change left over.
According to a report from Kotaku, the seller brokered a deal with a private buyer after an attempt to auction the game on eBay fell through. Payment has allegedly changed hands, making the sale one of the highest for a single game in history.
The reason Stadium Events is so coveted is due to its rarity. After the North American version hit shelves in 1987, the game was recalled by Nintendo in order to rebrand the series to World Class Track Meet (a game I proudly owned, along with the Power Pad).
If you want to learn more about why this is such a big deal, ESPN The Magazine has a wonderful feature that explores the game’s history and the collectors who hold the game in such high regard. It’s a fascinating look into a culture surrounding one of the rarest games in the world.
As for the copy that sold for nearly $42,000, it was apparently confirmed by the Video Game Authority as authentic, receiving a grade of 85 out of a possible 100, according to Kotaku. As you can see in the image below, the copy sold was in its original box still wrapped in cellophane.
It’s unclear how many copies of Stadium Events were made available when it went on sale, but it’s been estimated that only 200 copies were sold to consumers in the U.S. before its recall. Who knows how many there are still floating around, but if you ever come across one, remember that it could potentially fetch a shocking sum of money.