Rare Zelda prototype cartridge for $150,000 on eBay

One of the rarest pieces of Nintendo history is up for sale on eBay. The prototype Legend of Zelda cartridge could rake in big bucks.

Prototype Zelda cartridge
The legend lives on on eBay. tjcurtin1

Last year we ran into a rare Tetris cartridge with an asking price of $1 million. Perhaps the gaming market really is sinking , because a rare Legend of Zelda cartridge is going for just $150,000 on eBay.

The prototype cartridge dates to 1987, the U.S. release year for the famous NES game. The cartridge is yellow with a plain white label reading "Legend of Zelda."

Seller tjcurtin1 takes pains to let potential buyers know this is not a joke listing. "This is without a doubt the pinnacle of my collection and I challenge anyone to come up with anything more important in the video game collecting scene," the seller writes.

The asking price is a hefty $150,000, but the seller is considering offers for less that amount. So far, there have been 27 offers, all of which have been declined.

If you're a die-hard Nintendo collector with deep pockets, then this could be the new crown jewel of your gaming hoard.

Prototype Zelda cartridge inside
The princess is in here somewhere. tjcurtin1

(Via Luxury Launches)

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