Every since some woman struck gold in early February by finding a copy of Stadium Events in her closet, there’s been a nationwide gamehunt for the remaining few in existence. Her boxed copy sold for over $13,000. She had no idea the game’s value was so high.
Stadium Events released in 1987 on the NES. The game is super rare because only around 20 complete copies exist today, and just a few of those are factory sealed. Only 2,000 copies were made, 200 which were sold before being recalled by Nintendo.
According to Racketboy, Stadium Events was originally a third party release, using an accessory called the Family Fun Fitness Pad. To play the game, you needed to run on the pad. Nintendo recalled copies in order to issue Stadium Events as a first party release, destroying the recalled copies in the process. Later it became World Class Track Meet and used the Power Pad accessory, becoming a common bundle.
Another auction recently ended on eBay. This time it was for a FACTORY SEALED copy. It sold for $41, 300.00. The seller was kind enough to include free shipping.
Dave, the lucky son of a bitch sitting on the gold mine, told Yahoo! Games:
“Now I’m not much of a collector, but I know that having a factory seal is good,” he said.
He may not be much of a collector, but he’s now over forty thousand dollars richer.
Not to be outdone, yet ANOTHER factory sealed copy wound up on eBay. The winning bid? $800,200.00. Shipping is 6 bucks. Considering he just won close to a million dollars, you’d think the guy could throw in free shipping. The winning bidder has yet to be confirmed as legit. It’s most likely a fraud auction since the seller probably resealed the game. For all we know the box could be stuffed with tissue.
For a game that’s so rare, copies of Stadium Events seem to be popping up left and right. Here’s a few ideas for where the rest of them are hiding:
- At the bottom of the Atari E.T. landfill
- In Princess Peach’s bra. No wonder Mario is always after her.
- Behind a dusty Sega Dreamcast at a Wal-Mart in Arkansas
- In a Wheaties box
- In the mountains of Pakistan, tucked away in Bin Laden’s beard
[Photo by Associated Press/Dima Gavrysh]