If you’ve always wanted to own a piece of gaming history, and you have a huge pile of money to spend on the endeavor, look no further than this prototype for Nintendo’s The Legend of Zelda. Supposedly this is the only prototype in existence. However, it’s going for $150,000. I would sincerely hope you research the hell out of this cartridge before you drop your bank on it.
As you’ll see after the break, the seller insists its the real deal.
This is a complete version to my knowledge and as far as I know does not differ from the released version. The simple label reads “HP NOA 2-23-87 Legend of Zelda.” The actual release of the game was August 22nd 1987. I can only speculate that the 2-23-87 refers to the date they completed this prototype and being so close to launch is why there are no differences from the released version. Again I’m speculating. If you google NES Zelda Proto you will see the history of this particular cart. I will be happy to add pics, answer questions (to the best of my ability) and field offers for this title. If you look through my 100% positive eBay history you will see I am a regular purchaser and seller of video games. This is without a doubt the pinnacle of my collection and I challenge anyone to come up with anything more important in the video game collecting scene. Stadium Events? How many carts are out there? Hundreds. NWC Gold Cart? Again how many? There is one Prototype in the world for the NES Zelda, one prototype that started the launch of a generation of gamers and you are viewing it.
It seems like the seller is taking great care to show that it is a prototype, and he or she has answered some specific questions about the cartridge on the auction page. I’d feel better if someone else verified the authenticity.