Legend of Zelda prototype + factory sealed copy on eBay

Discussion in 'User Submitted News' started by loco365, Jul 27, 2012.

  1. loco365
    OP

    Member loco365 GBAtemp Guru

    Joined:
    Sep 1, 2010
    Messages:
    5,459
    [​IMG]

    A prototype of what appears to be a Legend of Zelda for the Nintendo Entertainment System, dated February 23, 1987, six months prior to the release of the game in North America, has surfaced on eBay for an astounding $150,000.00 US with a factory-sealed copy of the retail release of the game.



    [​IMG] Source
     


  2. DeMoN

    Member DeMoN GBAtemp Guru

    Joined:
    May 12, 2004
    Messages:
    7,647
    Country:
    United States
    How did the seller obtain this? Might it be possible that it's illegal and belongs to Nintendo?
     
  3. triassic911

    Member triassic911 Burst Mode

    Joined:
    May 9, 2007
    Messages:
    2,743
    Location:
    NYC, USA
    Country:
    United States
    THIS ISN'T NEWS HURR DURR.

    Wow, there's going to be a shitstorm indeed. In my opinion though, people should wait even longer before trying to sell things like this.
     
  4. TwinRetro

    Global Moderator TwinRetro Don't start nothin', Won't be nothin'

    Joined:
    Aug 29, 2008
    Messages:
    6,181
    Location:
    Las Vegas, NV
    Country:
    United States
    I'm sure there is a statute of limitations on things like this.


    What I'm wondering is...how can it be confirmed that this is legit? If it really has no differences to the retail version, that sends up a red flag to me.
     
    1 person likes this.
  5. loco365
    OP

    Member loco365 GBAtemp Guru

    Joined:
    Sep 1, 2010
    Messages:
    5,459
    I do know that there was a Famicom version of the same game that was released as a prototype. But the legitimacy of this, I'm not totally sure, but it's looking fairly legit. The seller does have 100% feedback.
     
  6. TwinRetro

    Global Moderator TwinRetro Don't start nothin', Won't be nothin'

    Joined:
    Aug 29, 2008
    Messages:
    6,181
    Location:
    Las Vegas, NV
    Country:
    United States
    I don't know about you, but I would risk my eBay account of 182 feedback (which really isn't much) for $150K. Hell, I would give up a lot of things for that amount of dosh. The point is, when it comes to that kind of cash, positive feedback means as much as a duck fart in a hurricane.
     
    8 people like this.
  7. bowser

    Member bowser Mwa ha ha ha!

    Joined:
    Sep 1, 2008
    Messages:
    2,178
    Location:
    GBAtemp ↑↑↓↓← → ← →BA
    Country:
    India
    This belongs in the General Game Discussion section.
     
  8. chavosaur

    Reporter chavosaur Austin Trujillo

    pip
    Joined:
    Mar 11, 2012
    Messages:
    4,666
    Location:
    Huntersville, NC
    Country:
    United States
    You have to be a serious collector or Zelda addict to drop that much on a game. I get that it's a prototype but jeez. That's to rich for my blood.
     
    2 people like this.
  9. TwinRetro

    Global Moderator TwinRetro Don't start nothin', Won't be nothin'

    Joined:
    Aug 29, 2008
    Messages:
    6,181
    Location:
    Las Vegas, NV
    Country:
    United States
    Hold on there, skipper. How about you leave the moderation to the professionals?
     
    9 people like this.
  10. Sheimi

    Member Sheimi A cute Vixen!

    Joined:
    Oct 22, 2009
    Messages:
    1,866
    Location:
    Tachikawa
    Country:
    Japan
    Wasn't there a Zelda Prototype for the FDS? I wonder if it's a converted fds rom. $150K, fuck that. That has to be the most expensive prototype I ever seen. No differences gives me a "hey, spend $150k and it's the final version" vibe.

    Edit: If it was URA Zelda, I'd pay $150k but it's not.
     
  11. loco365
    OP

    Member loco365 GBAtemp Guru

    Joined:
    Sep 1, 2010
    Messages:
    5,459
    Yeah, there was. But I'm not sure if this is a converted FDS image. I saw a (blurry) image of the PCB on the eBay page, so that's what I'm questioning.
     
  12. Sheimi

    Member Sheimi A cute Vixen!

    Joined:
    Oct 22, 2009
    Messages:
    1,866
    Location:
    Tachikawa
    Country:
    Japan
    It's between the FDS and the NES release. Most likely it won't have any beta content in it at all. I'm guessing there are minor text font differences.
     
  13. loco365
    OP

    Member loco365 GBAtemp Guru

    Joined:
    Sep 1, 2010
    Messages:
    5,459
    Could be regional differences and differences in text between this version and the final. Could also have bugs in the translation process. Perhaps even altered graphics.
     
  14. Sheimi

    Member Sheimi A cute Vixen!

    Joined:
    Oct 22, 2009
    Messages:
    1,866
    Location:
    Tachikawa
    Country:
    Japan
    All that I can read from the PCB board was NES-xxx-Test-02. If the seller would provide screen caps, it would help to see if there is anything different.
     
  15. Rydian

    Member Rydian Resident Furvert™

    Joined:
    Feb 4, 2010
    Messages:
    27,883
    Location:
    Cave Entrance, Watching Cyan Write Letters
    Country:
    United States
    So did they actually dump the ROM and do a comparison, or is the "no difference" just from an initial testing?
     
  16. loco365
    OP

    Member loco365 GBAtemp Guru

    Joined:
    Sep 1, 2010
    Messages:
    5,459
    From what I read, it's just initial testing. I don't think a ROM was dumped of this one.
     
  17. pokefloote

    Member pokefloote GBAtemp Addict

    Joined:
    Mar 20, 2009
    Messages:
    2,670
    Country:
    United States
    At least you save money with the free shipping..
     
    4 people like this.
  18. YayMii

    Member YayMii hi

    Joined:
    Jun 24, 2009
    Messages:
    4,881
    Location:
    that place
    Country:
    Canada
    Just looked it up, and it is a legit cart, made for use by Nintendo Repair Centers. Still not sure if these count as actual prototypes or just test copies of the game.

    EDIT: Nevermind, I'm looking at a different cart. This one is confirmed legit though.
     
  19. TwinRetro

    Global Moderator TwinRetro Don't start nothin', Won't be nothin'

    Joined:
    Aug 29, 2008
    Messages:
    6,181
    Location:
    Las Vegas, NV
    Country:
    United States
    Confirmed how? By whom?
     
  20. YayMii

    Member YayMii hi

    Joined:
    Jun 24, 2009
    Messages:
    4,881
    Location:
    that place
    Country:
    Canada
    This exact copy has been recognized and displayed by the Classic Gaming Expo.
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    (top-left of both images)
     

Share This Page