One of the rarest consoles in the whole world has made its way to eBay, where it’s being listed for a cool $275,000 USD. Listed by seller blake31237 is the “24K GOLD NINTENDO Analogue NT NES System,” which is one of only 10 consoles ever produced.
According to the seller, this is the ninth of 10, and it’s still factory sealed, making it one of the most desirable consoles for a video game collector.
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Uncrate describes the gold NES in detail, writing: “Every piece of the Nt’s aluminum enclosure receives plating in pure 24k gold, and is then polished by hand in Seattle. Otherwise, it’s the same as the standard version, with the ability to play NES, Famicom, and even Famicon Disk System games — the latter being rather important since Zelda made its February 1986 debut on that format, and didn’t see a cartridge release until the next year — on the original controllers.”
The package includes an HDMI upgrade, along with a gold version of The Legend of Zelda NES game cartridge.
All isn’t as it seems with the NES though, as it’s not actually as old as you might think. The console was created by Analogue to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of The Legend of Zelda back in 2016. That being said, it’s still one of the rarest consoles that money can buy – but is it worth $275k?
I spoke with Nintendo connoisseur and author of the The NES Encyclopedia, Chris Scullion, about the gold NES and its value in the collectors market.
“It’s an interesting one because it isn’t actually as old as it may originally look (although it’s certainly rare),” he explains.
“Analogue is the company who make modern HD versions of retro consoles (in the past couple of years they’ve done an HD SNES and Mega Drive). This is the Analogue Nt, which was their first system and was designed to recreate the NES. This gold version was actually only released in 2016 and while it’s definitely rare (there were only ten made), they originally sold for $5000, so I’m not entirely sure it’ll sell for the crazy price it’s going for…if someone really wanted one they’d have bought it a few years back.”
Whether or not the NES will sell remains to be seen, but if it’s on your wish list you can check out the eBay listing right here.
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