"This cartridge is the holy grail for a lot of video game collectors. You should get $20,000 for it."



  • Fact 1: In 1990, Nintendo hosted a touring gaming competition that covered 29 US cities, leading up to a final round at Universal Studios Hollywood.
  • Fact 2: Based loosely on the competition from the 1989 film "The Wizard", the event featured excerpts from Super Mario Bros., Rad Racer, and Tetris. Players were given just over six minutes to reach specific goals in each game.
  • Fact 3: The final competition round, held at Universal Studios Hollywood, brought together ninety finalists from around the United States in three age categories. Winners received $10,000, a Geo Metro, a television, and a golden Mario statue.
  • Fact 4: A unique series of exposed DIP switches switches on the Championship cartridge allows users to adjust the time limit of the games.
  • Fact 5: The competition cartridge, with only 90 grey and 26 gold in existence, has become one of the most highly-sought pieces of vido game memorabilia in history.

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