Hello all. It’s been a while since I made a post on here. It’s been a very hectic month and to be quite frank, I wasn’t able to even consider making a post due to the amount of work involved in my personal life. But the tidal wave has passed and I can continue to resume posts on VGA :).
The featured auction is for a prototype (or sample?) Legend of Zelda II for the NES (Adventure of Link). Submitted by Scott (thanks!), this auction has now passed the $500 mark. In order not to paraphrase too much, I figured it be best to just paste the description here since the seller did a nice job detailing the auction:
I am selling a recently re-discovered item from my NES collection. This is an ULTRA RARE sample / prototype copy of The Legend of Zelda II: The Adventure of Link for the Nintendo Entertainment System.
This cartridge was given to me in the fall of 1988 by a family friend who worked at Nintendo of America in Redmond, WA. It is a complete or near-complete NA version of the game as I played through it as a child and did beat it. The cartridge still works (see pictures) and the battery backup is still functioning as my original saves are still there (see pictures). I do not know the exact history of where in NoA this cart came from, only that it was given to me pre-NA release and it has been in my parents attic for the last 20+ years.
I had intended to have VGA verify this before posting, however, they are no longer verifying samples/prototypes.
You may notice that ‘Nintendo’ is spelled wrong on the label (Nintedo). This appears to be a somewhat regular mis-print of genuine Nintendo samples/prototypes. If you look on Google or Ebay, you will find other cartridges with this same misprint.
I do not know if the chip/board for this unit is the same as the NA retail or if it is unique as I have no way to personally verify the bits. However, I am 100% confident that this cart came from NoA and neither the case nor board have ever been the retail version of the game.
I think that’s about it, let me know what other information I can provide and I am happy to provide as much information as possible.
Thanks & please let me know if you have any questions”
I’ve seen prototypes on ebay before and although I don’t feel there’s many prototype collectors as there once was (probably due to how expensive it gets to acquire one), I’ve seen a drop in price for proto’s. However, proto’s like The Legend of Zelda II will not end low as it’s a grade A game. Proto’s of lesser known games are obviously less desirable so I’d be shocked if the LOZII game ends at the current bid. Always interesting to see what the ending price will be.
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