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article imageUltra-rare Super Nintendo cartridge bought for $12,000

By Abigail Prendergast     Jul 15, 2012 in Odd News
Collector J.J. Hendricks just got his hands on the uber-rare Super Nintendo game called "Nintendo Powerfest '94". Only two known copies are said to exist and Hendricks had to complete a two-year journey and pay $12,000 in cash just to get his.
Game collector J.J. Hendricks knows a classic when he sees one; in fact, he shelled out a whopping 12 grand in order to obtain one of the rarest Super Nintendo games out there.
According to Yahoo's Plugged In Blog, Hendricks brought a two year adventure to obtain Nintendo PowerFest '94 to a close earlier this week. The game was created for the sole purpose of a gaming competition Nintendo held during the mid-1990s.
Despite the hefty price tag, which Hendricks paid for in cash, it was actually reported to be worth closer to $25,000 when it was on sale.
Only 32 copies were ever produced and contained tournament variations of three games: Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels, Super Mario Kart and Ken Griffey, Jr. Baseball. Every last one of those games were poised to be recycled after the competition was over, but it would seem fate had a different plan in store for at least two of those copies.
After pointing out that only the said two games were left in 2010, Hendricks was contacted by a reader saying he was interested in selling his copy. However, the seller initially wanted $50,000 for it, which Hendricks could by no means afford; the deal fell through relatively quickly.
A year passed and the seller came back wanting to pawn the game off for half its initial price. Still, no agreement could be made and once again, Hendricks could still not purchase Powerfest.
For a while, it seemed that J.J. Hendricks would never get a copy of Nintendo Powerfest '94, at least not from the aforementioned seller. There was even potential of someone else buying the game, but as luck would have it, Hendricks got the offer to purchase it for 12,000 U.S. Dollars.
Unfortunately things subsequently "got complicated" for some time.
The seller was located in Canada, yet wanted the transaction to take place in person. This would mean Hendricks would have to fly to see him and pay an additional $1,000 on travel expenses, despite the fact the unnamed person frequently visited the United States for months at a time.
Hendricks and the seller spent upwards of six months trying to get a feasible meeting date put into place. That was ultimately taken care of, but the seller also insisted on another thing that would prove as an obstacle for Hendricks:
A cash transaction.
With that in mind, Hendricks opened a bank account with an office in the small Vermont town he was visiting, in order to make sure he had the money he needed while on the road.
July 14, 2012 ended up being the proverbial day of destiny for Hendricks, his seller and - of course - the still-functional game. J.J. paid his seller, got his hands on Nintendo Powerfest '94, and like that, a two-year quest came to an end.
While J.J. Hendricks went to a lot of trouble to obtain this rare gem, the top honor of video game collectibles netting large sums of money actually goes to - drum roll, please - a sealed copy of Stadium Events[/i] for the original NES system; it earned $41,300.
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