Classic 1996 trailer for Super Mario on Nintendo 64
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One person’s junk is another person’s treasure, and the old saying couldn’t be more bang on the money when it comes to retro gaming stuff. People around the UK are finding more and more classic Nintendo and Sega gear that could be worth a lot more money than they first thought.
Some items can become valuable due to their rarity, while others have great stories attached to them.
And a new find this week includes a forgotten Nintendo 64 controller that was found in a storage locker.
It’s been estimated that the retro controller could sell for thousands of pounds at auction, which is set to be held online on October 19.
Found in an unpaid storage locker, it’s understood that the original owner had worked for Rare, a British firm that at the time designed games for Nintendo.
What makes this Nintendo controller more unique is that it was given as a prize during the E3 1997 gaming convention and boasts a special logo indent.
The item, lot 318, is being offered in Hansons Auctioneers’ October 19 Toy Auction with a whopping estimate of £1,500-£2,000.
David Wilson Turner, head of Hansons Toy/Gaming department, said: “Its rarity is down to the fact that it was given as a prize to winners of a four-player E3 1997 StarFox Tournament in America.
“The very first N64 Gold controller came from that 1997 E3, which was held in Atlanta, Georgia.
“The controller is one of very few in existence and has an embossed golden 64; in the centre of the controller. It’s super cool, gold on the front and black on the back.
“There is slight wear to the controller but, generally, it’s in very good condition considering it is 24 years old. It’s a fantastic collector’s item which should appeal to Nintendo fans worldwide.
“Gaming is now a huge part of the collectors’ market and is destined to dwarf other sectors due to its enormous worldwide popularity.
“Nostalgia drives the toy/gaming sector and with a giant gaming community now keen to buy and collect rare items; the sky’s the limit for gaming gems like this.”
The gaming controller, lot 318, will be offered in Hansons’ October 19 Toy Auction. To find out more, or to arrange a free toy/gaming valuation, email David Wilson-Turner: [email protected]
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