Further proof of the quantified nostalgia we extract from the hardware that projects an original story: According to Examiner, an original prototype of The Legend of Zelda will find a new, undisclosed home after selling for a record-breaking $55,000 on eBay. The price is the highest-ever for a Nintendo title.
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According to seller Tom Curtin, the offer price was not the only factor in his choice to sell.
"I care about the collecting community and giving it a good home was important," he said. "I feel as though that was accomplished. It was also important getting prototype video game collecting into the news. It is amazing what is out there in released and unrealesed protos."
According to Curtin, he is under a non-disclosure with the anonymous buyer, who obtained the item for just over a third of the original listing price of $150,000.
"I am satisfied," said Curtin. "Do I think it's worth more? Yes. There was no way I was taking less than the previous world record. The fact that it remained in tact over the last 25 years is amazing. The legacy of this cart and how it came into the hands of the previous owner is incredible."
The cartridge was the first to make it across the Pacific from Japan—its aura apparently still intact.