Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Woman buys rare and valuable video game worth $38,000 for just $8 at Goodwill

Woman buys rare and valuable video game worth $38,000 for just $8 at Goodwill, According to Yahoo! on Tuesday, an unidentified North Carolina woman found the world's rarest video game, Family Fun Fitness: Stadium Events, valued at over $38,000 at her local Goodwill and bought it for only eight dollars.

Stadium Events was a 1980's Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) game, and was part of a planned series of “Family Fun Fitness” titles produced by game manufacturer Bandai. The Family Fun Fitness controller was actually a pad connected to the NES where users would run on top of the pad to operate a video game avatar, which competes in athletic competitions like sprinting, hurdles and long jumps, much like the pad connector for Wii Sports and Wii Fitness on the Nintendo's newer system, the Wii.

Only 2,000 copies of the game were ever produced, with just 200 of those ever making it into the hands of customers before the game was recalled.

Wilder Hamm, the owner of Save Point Video Games in Charlotte, North Carolina, wrote on his Facebook page how the woman came into his store and showed him the amazing find - after first teasing him by showing some very common games first. He said of the find:

"Normally in this business, we try not to show our cards... We're not in the business of ripping people off but, you show that kind of excitement, they start expecting a mountain of money."

According to Hamm, the game itself, along with the packaging and instruction manual are all in superb shape. It was also mentioned how a still sealed copy fetched over $41,000 on eBay.

With $38,000, what will the lucky shopper do?

“I’m graduating this coming May with my Bachelors degree in Accounting, and the money from this unexpected find will allow us to pay off my student loans,” she told Game Gavel. “We’ve also been saving for just over a year for a down payment on a house, and if anything is left, it will go towards that goal.”

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