‘Sonic’ Speeds To The Top Of Heritage Video Game Auctions

DALLAS – Spectacular copy of Sonic the Hedgehog, Wata 9.8 A+ Sealed [Made in Japan, Early Production], 1991 Sega Genesis USA attracted 19 bids and soared to $360,000 at the Heritage Auctions Video Game Signature Auction April 22-23. “Sonic the Hedgehog” is the highest-rated copy of the earliest production of the game ever to be offered at any public auction. More than 1,400 global bidders joined the event, which resulted in a perfect 100 percent sales rate and nearly $5 million in profits.

The first production copy with the highest value Metroid has ever offered, Wata 9.4 A+ Sealed [Hangtab, No Rev-A, First Production], NES Nintendo 1987 USA, inspired 25 bids before finding a new home for $168,000. Wata has rated only six sealed copies of this variant in its November 2021 population report, and only one has a higher value.

The only sealed copy of Clu Clu Land, Wata 9.4 A+ Sealed [Hangtab, 1 Code], the 1985 Nintendo USA NES that was once offered at Heritage Auctions ends at $156,000. Also reaching this figure is a copy of Twisted Metal with the highest Wata grade, Wata 9.6 A+ Sealed [Ridged Longbox, Early Production], 1995 USA Sony PS1 put up for auction at Heritage. Like many PS1 longbox titles, sealed copies of this game are very difficult to understand.

The highest-rated standard release copy on offer of the “red label” version of Mario Kart 64, Wata 9.6 A++ Sealed, N64 Nintendo 1996 USA ends at $144,000. The red label is indicative of the game’s previous production run before it sold a million copies and earned the Player’s Choice badge.

Twenty-seven bids for The Legend of Zelda, Wata 9.2 A+ Sealed [Rev-A Round SOQ, Mid-Production], NES Nintendo 1987 USA before finishing at $111,000. This copy received the fifth highest score in the November 2021 Wata population report out of a total of 26 scores. It is the first game in the Zelda franchise and is widely regarded as revolutionary in introducing the concept of role-playing video games to many gamers in the West.

The seventh game in auction to break the six-figure plateau is the best copy ever offered by Heritage Auctions of John Madden Football, Wata 9.6 A+ Sealed [Made in Japan], 1991 US EASN SNES, which reached $102,000. With an incredible 9.6 A+ score, this could be one of the best examples of John Madden’s iconic Nintendo console debut. For more information, visit www.ha.com or 214-528-3500.

A copy of Metroid with a cardboard hangtab is prized among serious Nintendo collectors.

Zelda's legacy

The first entry in the Zelda franchise is seen as one of the most iconic video games of all time.

Sonic Legacy

Sonic the Hedgehog joins Pac-Man, Donkey Kong and Lara Croft as one of the most famous video game characters ever made.

Clu Clu . Legacy Land

Wata has only four sealed copies of Clu Clu Land listed on the November 2021 population report; nothing is rated as highly as this copy.

Mario Kart Legacy 64

The Mario Kart 64 game is the second installment in the iconic series.

Madden's legacy

The winner of the 16-bit console wars, this version of John Madden Football is probably more familiar to gamers than any other version.


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