These video games have been stored for years. Now it could be worth six figures: NPR
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When a video game store in Nebraska closed in 1998, hundreds of sealed Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis cartridges went into storage. After their rediscovery last year, 173 of the most interesting items have now been evaluated.
what are they? In a bit of a video game nerd’s fantasy, the objects in question are hundreds of games for some of the most popular consoles from the ’90s.
- The treasure has been sitting in storage since Mark O’Dorisio closed his video game store in Nebraska.
- He put the set in storage and thought he would come back to it later.
- Retro gaming fans were very excited when a YouTube video about the discovery surfaced last year.
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What is the big deal? With the help of his brother, Tim Audisio, and another video game store owner, Mark’s collection was taken out of storage, cataloged and authenticated. There are some gems in there.
- Here’s how Tim remembers the conversation: “I said, ‘Mark, you have to make a decision about these games. What’s your plan?’ He said, ‘Well, I was just going to keep them, and then when I die, it would go to the kids.’ I say, ‘We can’t… Your heart is in the right place, but your mind is bad.’
- Enter Chris Thompson, owner of a video game store chain in Nebraska. He’s the one who made the shaky YouTube video above. The Odorisio brothers helped classify and authenticate the games. He collected the largest number of items at 173 and calls it the Nebraska Collection.
- One of the most interesting items in the collection is an almost perfectly preserved copy of Chrono Trigger – the famous role-playing game classic.
- “The game itself is just an incredible masterpiece of the video role-playing game genre which… a lot of people would say is the best RPG video game ever made. Basically, this is as great a version of this particular game as you will get from any “Look,” said Chris Kohler, compiler and managing editor at Digital Eclipse.
So what now?
- Koehler says the Nebraska group may have missed the spike in vintage toy sales during the early days of the pandemic, but those individual toys can still sell for $10,000. The collection is expected to reach the six-figure range.
- It’s not clear how the games will be sold, but in a recent video, Thompson says that the games in the Nebraska set will not be available for individual sale — though anyone can pick up all 173 games for a significant sum.
The radio version of this story was produced by Megan Lim and edited by Patrick Jarinoatananon