Ultra Rare 'Purple Ganon' Version of Legend of Zelda?

zeldaOkay, so we were fooled for a minute there... Following on from an absolutely ridiculous auction on ebay (offering a supposed rare Legend of Zelda variant), a fellow collectors site NintendoAge had had enough of sellers cashing in on the recent spike in game selling. They decided to have a bit of fun and potentially cause a bit of havoc with gamers, that would eventually lead to something else far greater...

We won't deny being fooled, after all the American NintendoAge site is known for it's vast knowledge and variant hunting. But Dain, the man behind NintendoAge wanted to stage something that benefitted the Retro Gaming community. Also offering a massive $50,000 bounty for a potential Orange variant too, gamers set off on The Legend of Zelda.

zeldacartDain knew the majortiy of people cashing in on the retro gaming market as of recent would have very little knowledge about the games themselves. Taking such a simple detail about the reverse side of the cartirdge nobody would think to question, the stunt was pulled. The Purple Ganon variant was supposedly to be found on cartirdges that featured the word CAUTION underlined on the reverse side. If this word was underlined, you were supposedly in luck. And suprise suprise, what do we have here in the picture to the left?

Following the underlined word, you were meant to play through the entire game and then continue on to the final boss of the second quest. If the cartridge was indeed the correct one, the final boss the second time round would be the Purple Ganon. And if you really took the time out to do everything instructed so far, you've done everything NintendoAge wanted you to do.

Dain's intention was solely to get people playing the all time classic Nintendo NES game, The Legend of Zelda either again or for the first time, hoping that the time spent trying to reach this prize reminded you how good the NES was/is. Although his methods could be described as a bit harsh, we're glad to say we see the funny side and hope that this hoax has sparkled off a bit more love for the game/console, amongst gamers who were yet to become retro converts.

Needless to say, it caused quite the uproar on the internet!

Updated: Quite a big one actually. Poor guy!

Last Updated ( 14 March 2010 )  


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(Link to this comment) TwoHeadedBoy 2010-03-14 11:40
Never heard of that one, funny stuff though. You can imagine the profiteers looking through their stack of NES games and getting a little semi-chubby on when they find their copy is underlined. Ho ho!

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