June 9, 2006 4:45 AM | Simon Carless
The game collecting community is apparently buzzing thanks to a new eBay auction, only a small fraction of an insane array of Nintendo rarities unearthed at a garage sale in New York State.
Excuse us for not retyping the all-caps, but here's the explanation from the seller: "ON A TRIP TO THE HAMPTONS THIS WEEKEND I STOPPED AT A GARAGE SALE. AS I WALKED UP TO THE HOUSE I NOTICED A BIG PILE OF SUPER NINTENDO/NINTENDO GAMES. AFTER SELLING ME AROUND 100 GAMES FOR $40."
"THE SELLER TOLD ME HE WORKED AT NINTENDO FOR 10 YEARS AND PART OF HIS JOB WAS TO GO AROUND TO THESE NINTENDO COMPETITIONS. HE SOLD ME ALL TYPES OF GAMES THAT HE SAID WERE PROTOTYPES(INCLUDING 5 COPIES OF THE STARFOX COMPETITION GAME." A serious find!
So basically, the seller has now uploaded pictures of his haul, and it includes insane rarities such as the Nintendo Campus Challenge NES cart (only copy ever found!), the second ever (?) English language prototype of NES Earthbound, a Zelda 3 SNES proto, a work in progress version of NES Tetris, and a whole heap of other goodness. Co-editor FrankC of Lost Levels can describe it better, but suffice to say that the collecting world is rather hyped about it.
[UPDATE: a newly listed eBay auction by the same seller has his full haul detailed (yes, caps lock alert again!): "(5) SUPER NINTENDO STARFOX SUPER WEEKEND TAPES--THE ONLY KNOWN COPY OF THE 1992 NINTENDO CAMPUS CHALLENGE GAME PAK WITH THE GAMES SUPER MARIO 3, PINBOT, AND DR. MARIO, THE 2ND KNOWN REAL COPY OF NINTENDO EARTHBOUND, THE 2ND KNOWN SUPER NINTENDO NTSC PROTO OF ZELDA 3, (2) SUPER NINTENDO PROTO'S TRUE GOLF CLASSICS PEBBLE BEACH, (1) NINTENDO BASEBALL STARS 2 (1) GREMLINS 2 (BOTH PROTO'S), (1) NINTENDO TETRIS PROTO IN A MIKE TYSON PUNCHOUT, (1) KEN GRIFFEY PRESENTS MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL DEMO GAME, (7) NINTENDO EMPLOYEE LIBRARY GAMES (INCLUDING ZELDA 3) AND ABOUT 60 VARIOUS NOT AS IMPORTANT SNES/NES GAMES."]