Ultra rare NES game sells for over $40,000 in auction

A screenshot from the "Stadium Events" gameplay. (YouTube/NESGuide)

Aside from fun and excitement, video games sometimes also bring in significant amounts of fortune.

According to a report from Kotaku, a rare video game from the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) was sold for $41,977 in an auction. The game, titled “Stadium Events,” was able to pitch the amount after the original auction winner refused to pay.

The report said that the original owner initially posted the sealed copy on eBay this month. The winning bidder, however, was unable to pay for the item. This led the seller to connect to a “serious” buyer. Luckily, the buyer was indeed serious and shelled out the huge amount for the super rare video game.

According to Gamespot, “Stadium Events” was released in very limited numbers back in 1987. The game also came with the Family Fun Fitness pad, which completed one of gaming world’s first exercise games. In addition, Kotaku also said that a loose copy of the game can reach the $10,000 mark. The site also noted that a copy that comes with a box and manual can hit the $20,000 range.

Meanwhile, Twinfinite reported that a sealed copy was sold for over $35,000 in 2015. “With all the hassles of the auction, we were blessed with this buyer,” shared the unnamed seller. “He was a man of his word, trustworthy, and deserves the highest graded Stadium Events completely!” he added.

Still in the realm of rare video games, an unreleased “Rayman” game originally intended for SNES is now available for playing. It was rediscovered by series creator Michel Ancel last year and was posted online by developer Omar Cornut.

“I’ve dumped a prototype demo of unreleased Rayman for SNES, here it is! (NB: very early dev build, not a full game),” tweeted Cornut. Kotaku also asked Cornut on how he was able to get hold of the file. Cornut responded, saying “there’s not a lot to it really, I borrowed the cartridge from Michel Ancel who kindly let me look at it and dump it.”