When The Legend of Zelda first hit shelves for the original NES in 1986, it sold for $ 49.99. Most people bought it, tore open the package, and started a classic adventure that would spawn one of the gaming industry’s most popular franchises. Someone in Connecticut, apparentlyHe forgot about it for 35 years and then donated it to local goodwill. And the chain of thrift stores just sold that copy on their website for $ 411,278.
Yes, that’s a shockingly high price, but nowhere near the highest for a classic game. Goodwill’s copy of The Legend of Zelda is just the latest in a growing list of retro titles that are selling at high auction prices. In April a sealed,. sold at auction for $ 660,000. In July, a rare early version of The Legend of Zelda grossed $ 870,000. Later a sealed copy of .
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These games all achieved their record-breaking retail prices by being factory sealed and rated highly by Wata Games, a video game ratings organization. Goodwill’s factory-sealed copy of The Legend of Zelda is already a rare collector’s item, but if the buyer chooses to rate the game using WATA, as they did with the other high sales, its value could rise overnight.
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How the non-profit thrift store chain ended up with such a rare game, however, baffles the mind. Goodwill stores get their inventory primarily through goodwill donation centers, which means that most likely someone just gave away this sealed game classic as a gift. Was it an ignorant parent who tidied a child’s room after moving out? A property sale where leftover items are cleared out without knowing their value? We’ll probably never know for sure.
Goodwill didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment, but Action Network says the nonprofit plans to use the proceeds to open a career center in Stamford Connecticut.