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Only English Final Fantasy 2 NES Cartridge On Sale for $50K 109

Posted by samzenpus
from the perfect-gift dept.
Croakyvoice writes "In what seems to be the 'in thing' at the moment comes another auction to add to last month's Zelda NES auction and that crazy million dollar collection. This time, for RPG fans, this could be classed as the Holy Grail of NES games. The game in question is Final Fantasy 2, which was never released outside of Japan, but luckily for the person who at this time is selling this on eBay for 50K, there was one made for the 1991 Winter Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas by SquareSoft. Sadly, the U.S. version never had a release because they decided to work on the Super NES instead."
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Only English Final Fantasy 2 NES Cartridge On Sale for $50K

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  • Is it worth it? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by joeflies (529536) on Thursday August 23, 2012 @06:40PM (#41103467)

    I never really understood why these development cartridges fetch such high prices. Well, on a superficial level, I understand since it's a matter of supply and demand. But at a deeper level, it's a one off because it's an unfinished product. To me, I don't see any difference between a free fan-based english conversion vs an official "never sold to the public" version.

    Would you pay millions of dollars for a test version of Windows 98 developed for esperanto? The answer is no, because nobody cares. However, the same logic doesn't apply when it comes to toys and games

  • by retchdog (1319261) on Thursday August 23, 2012 @06:49PM (#41103537) Journal

    It was FF4 that was released as FF2 in the US.

  • Re:Is it worth it? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by _Shad0w_ (127912) on Thursday August 23, 2012 @07:04PM (#41103715)

    I would and you wouldn't, because you don't care and I don't care, but I bet someone would and does. People like to collect all sorts of things and some of them have a lot of money to spare. Collecting game cartridges is no more stupid than numismatics, philately, or even cartophily - some cigarette cards have sold for millions.

  • by Smauler (915644) on Thursday August 23, 2012 @07:23PM (#41103915)

    When did they do that? I personally hated 13, loved 12, liked 10, hated 9, loved 8, quite liked 7, and after (or before) this it's not about affection for the gaming public, because very few people have actually played 1-6.

    You'll get loads of people disagreeing with my personal opinion about FF, but IMO FF12 was the best they've done. Yeah, they fucked up 13 (IMO), but they've fucked up in the past and come back. It's still a franchise I'll buy into.

  • I have an idea. (Score:2, Interesting)

    by jtownatpunk.net (245670) on Friday August 24, 2012 @12:10AM (#41105755)

    Someone launch a Kickstarter project to buy this then put the ROMs out for the rest of the world to use on emulators.

  • Re:Is it worth it? (Score:4, Interesting)

    by realityimpaired (1668397) on Friday August 24, 2012 @06:03AM (#41107171)

    I don't think anyone will give you shit for collecting vinyl records, as long as you're not one of those nutters who claims they are better at reproducing sound than a properly mastered CD

    I haven't heard a "properly mastered CD" in years. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Gmex_4hreQ [youtube.com]

    That's why vinyl sounds better... it's not that the medium itself is better, it's that it's not physically possible to press a record that's been as overmastered as the crap that they can do with a CD.

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