Hundreds of Sealed 90’s Classic Games Worth Millions of Dollars

A series of classic 90s video games occupy a spot in Nebraska.

Screenshots: Game room / Kotaku

For game collectors and conservators, that’s a high score: hundreds of classic games, many of which, according to video footage of discovery, seems to be sealed factory. The whole thing is finally on sale, and when it does, it can rank among the big, potentially obtainable somewhere north of seven figures.

Trove is an impressive journey, featuring games from 3DO, Sega Genesis, Sega Saturn, and of course the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES). An 8-minute clip showcasing the library appeared earlier this week, courtesy of Game rooma Nebraska-based three-outpost video game retailer whose owner, Chris Thompson, is acting as a liaison for the sale.

You’d think it was the kind of once-in-a-lifetime discovery that came out in the green and made instant waves (and instant viral social media success). But Thompson, in a phone interview with Kotakusays the video dates back to last fall, before the holiday retail craze flooded Gameroom.

“An employee called me one night and was like, ‘Chris, you won’t believe what you just walked in,’” Thompson said.

You also can’t: a factory-sealed copy of Mortal Kombat II for the SNES, held by a guy who just wanted a glimpse of its value. (Apparently, the man had a second game with him that was even more shocking Mortal Kombat IIbut Thompson declined to clarify what it was, noting that the owner requested anonymity throughout the process and that the game is a unique game that is identifiable.)

Thompson met the owner, who said he knew more about its origins, the remains of a video game store that closed in the mid-1990s. The two went back a little, and Thompson came up with an idea: He’d shoot some footage, cut it back into a short video, and bring attention to the sale (and certainly, to Gameroom’s). budding presence on YouTubealso).

“I brought a camera that I didn’t even know how to use, and I was afraid to stumble across a game that was more than, you know, my house,” Thompson said. “So I get a bunch of footage and then we say goodbye.”

It is December. Thompson just posted the video earlier this week. Since then, profits have skyrocketed. The original video currently has nearly 40,000 views. It was covered by IGN.

However, Thompson admitted that some details were hastily released. Video titled “Video Game Store Closes 1994 Inventory found 27 years after the SNES Sega Genesis Saturn Factory was sealed” (emphasis Kotaku‘S). But some games were introduced—Chrono Activator, for example, or ’96 sports titles – launched in 1995, which led to some thorough research. Some commenters called foul. Others try to use the wrong date to determine the exact location of the original store. (Thompson refused to provide the original.) of the store details come Kotaku.)

The specific year is on the side: This total volume is worth a lot — potentially a lot higher than some early estimates, pegged at “tens of thousands,” says Chris Kohler, chief margin officer. episode of Digital eclipsetold Kotaku by email. (Disclosure: Kohler was formerly a feature editor at Kotaku.) A wrapped copy of TMNT: Turtle in time recently sold for $38,400, Final Fantasy III for $36,000, Chrono Activator for a little under $20,000.

“I made a joke that everyone wants Chrono Activator … I have 40 different people saying, ‘I want to Chrono Activator and I can bring you a briefcase full of cash,” Thompson said, noting that is absolutely not how a sale of this size would happen.

Chrono Activator is a great one, but the line goes sideways with other coveted finds like Street Fighter II Turbo, Zombies Ate My Neighbors, Castlevania: Bloodlineand Breath of Fire IIalong with no shortage of sports games from the era: Maddens, yours FIFAS. Much of it appears to be factory sealed.

“There are so many of them, while the collection easily goes into the hundreds of thousands if it’s worth a penny, I think you also have the potential, that once all is said and done, this will eventually become a speaking Kohler.

Classic games have always had buyers, but in recent years, there has been a big shift in the attention span of some games. Just last year, a copy of 1987 The Legend of Zelda went to nearly $900,000. Immediately followed by a copy of Super Mario 64 sold for $1.5 million, once you included in the buyer’s premium 20 percent. The market is failing right now.

“I think we’re seeing more and more of these deals come up these days because there are more people selling video games on YouTube these days,” said Kohler. “The last generation of sellers tend to keep these things to themselves.”

The video may have garnered some serious publicity this week, but that’s just the beginning. Thompson said the clip isn’t indicative of a full library, estimating that what’s publicly displayed could only be half of the total found, though he suggests that some games in The unrecorded portion of the video can be opened. He’s trying to interest, including some offers – which may not be well thought out – in the million-dollar range, but describes those offers as, “honestly, yes probably low.” He has yet to survey the entire collection. He still had to record it all — aside from an eight-minute YouTube cam video. And then there’s the matter of, oh, getting the entire collection evaluated by an official institution, like Wata. It all takes time.

“There is a right way and a wrong way to deal with this,” says Thompson. “And honestly, what’s more valuable than the stuff itself is the historical significance.” Hundreds of Sealed 90’s Classic Games Worth Millions of Dollars

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