The Rarest & Most Expensive Nintendo NES Game 'Stadium Events' Up For Sale On eBay & Factory Sealed

Factory-Sealed-Stadium-Events-on-eBayWhat may have started out as an innocent hobby has since become a heated exchange of unimaginable sums of money. Game collecting has reached a new era, where sadly, getting your hands on certain titles is a matter of either extremely good luck, or a well padded wallet. Over the last few years the North American Nintendo NES release Stadium Events has risen to the top of many gamer's grails, mainly due to the obscene figures it commands - something you can once again witness on eBay.

With several copies already exchanging hands on eBay, Stadium Events has gone from being an impressive rarity to a five figure earner, with one auction in 2010 raising over $40,000. While the European release of the game is more commonly found for a fraction of the price, the North American version of the game is often the final piece in many Nintendo NES collector's collections. Why exactly? Here's what we had to say last time round:

Instead of the Wii Fit Balance board, Bandai's Stadium Events could be played with the Family Fun Fitness Mat. A mat similar to the Dancing mats the Sony Playstation is famous for, players could take part in Track n Field style button bashing gasmes by running as fast as they can on the mat. Although on paper this idea sounds fantastic, it only lead to most players getting on their knees and bashing the mat with their hands to run faster on screen.

As Bandai were still unsure on this idea of Fitness and Video games, Stadium Events was released in a test market in North America for a very short time. It is rumoured that only 2000 copies were made for this market before Nintendo bought up the product rights, destroyed the remaining copies and rebranded the mat as the Power Pad. The Power Pad then came bundled with Athletic World, another fitness game and Stadium Events faded into the depths of Nintendo history.

As of today so few copies of the NTSC-U version of Stadium Events are in circulation, making this recent arrival on eBay a rather interesting one. According to the auction's description, the seller used to work at Nintendo and presumably obtained this game through work. The more surprising aspect of this story is that the game has remained factory sealed for the last few decades.

Whatever the story behind the game, bidding has already turned fierce on eBay with the title closing in on the $100,000 mark. That said, take the current (and ending price) with a pinch of salt. Similar to past incidents on eBay when high value titles hit the mainstream media, countless false bids begin pouring in, leaving not only the seller out of pocket, but also game collectors in a difficult position.

Link: Factory Sealed Stadium Events on eBay

Last Updated ( 09 January 2015 )  


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(Link to this comment) T Moleman 2015-01-10 12:38
Interesting article but unfortunately eBay just isn't a suitable platform to sell an item like this on, I have no doubt that just like the $100k cart this will be hijacked.
(Link to this comment) Dekumoon 2015-01-10 18:31
The more you know, I always thought the most rarest game was Nintendo World Championships. :oops:
(Link to this comment) Flozem 2015-01-11 12:49
An insane amount of money to spend on a game... even for collectors.

Add to that the prices we are starting to see for more mundane titles, and I might just convince myself to buy one of these flashcarts advertised by Retrotowers beloiw... :cry:
(Link to this comment) DemonicNinja 2015-01-11 23:56
Absolutely silly and it sucks the soul out of gaming...
(Link to this comment) T Moleman 2015-01-12 11:08
Check out the bid history... It's been hijacked by eBay scum...
(Link to this comment) Nishi 2015-01-12 13:32
I just wonder... Maybe I don't know something about grading games but if it is factory sealed, shouldn't it be more than 85?
(Link to this comment) mynameisrod 2015-01-19 15:31
so ... the game has gone to .. 35 000 ... it's cool to see half of the world can eat every day and in the other hand, fool geeks pay a 8 bit game which costs from 1 to 3 cars ....

Nice nice nice.

Crazy world.

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