Ultra Rare NES Cartridge Raking In A Fortune On Ebay

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A factory-sealed copy of Stadium Events is currently on the auction block at Ebay, and bidders are willing to pay a hefty price for it.

The Bandai Co. sports title is one of the few North American NES games to use the Family Fun Fitness mat (later renamed the Power Pad), and has become a valued prize amongst collectors. How valuable? The current bidding on Ebay stands at a whopping $23,100, with 7 days left in the auction. The rare game opened at a relatively modest starting price of $5,000 on Monday, but a number of interested bidders quickly brought the price into the $20,000+ range.

So why's the game so darn expensive? According to the owner, Nintendo purchased the rights to the Family Fun Fitness mat and Stadium Events in 1987, and issued a complete recall of the game for rebranding purposes. The owner also claims that he used to work at Nintendo, and has been holding onto the cartridge since the early '90s. The game has reportedly been authenticated by the Video Game Authority in Roswell, Georgia, making it an even sweeter proposition for game collectors.

Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Edition Announced In Japan, ‘Overseas Release’ Planned

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Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Edition Announced In Japan, ‘Overseas Release’ Planned

Puzzle & Dragons, GungHo’s successful mobile Match-3 game, is coming to the 3DS. Release is confirmed for Japan, with a promise that other territories will see the game, also.

Nintendo announced last year that it would be teaming up for some licensing deals. This one makes a lot of sense for the company, given the success of the original mobile version of Puzzle & Dragons. GungHo is no stranger to crossovers, as Puzzle & Dragons has teamed up with Batman: Arkham Origins, DC Comics, Clash of Clans, Angry Birds, Monster Hunter, and more. 

The game has seen over 6 million downloads in the North America alone, with worldwide installations of 41 million.  GungHo’s North American and European operations both report that the Nintendo version of the tile is going to see an “overseas release,” however Nintendo commented to Digital Spy that the announcement is only for Japan now.

$1 Million Up For Grabs In 2015's Call Of Duty Championship

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$1 Million Up For Grabs In 2015's Call Of Duty Championship

The popularity of eSports continues to surge as Activision and Sledgehammer release new details for this year's Call of Duty Championship.

The tournament takes place in Los Angeles on March 27-29, and will feature the top 32 Call of Duty teams in the world. A total prize purse of $1 million is at stake, with the majority of it going to the first-place team. The tournament is being presented by Xbox, and as such Xbox Live subscribers can watch the semi-finals and final match live on the service on Sunday (Activision says that other streaming sources will also be available). Here's a trailer for the event.

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Test Chamber – Five-Player Chaos In #IDARB

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Test Chamber – Five-Player Chaos In #IDARB

#IDARB is an insane game that lets you pit breakfast against Killer Instinct fighters in something that feels a little like 2D basketball.

The game was crowd-sourced on twitter by developer Other Ocean who posted an image of a pixelated red box and asked everyone what he should do with it.

Join myself, Wade Wojcik, Daniel Tack, Jeff Cork, and a surprise appearance by editor in chief Andy McNamara. We play a few rounds of It Draws a Red Box (better known as #IDARB) flip-flopping teams and fighters as we try to score points.

Ninja Theory’s Hellblade Coming To PC In Addition To PlayStation 4

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Ninja Theory’s Hellblade Coming To PC In Addition To PlayStation 4

 At Gamescom 2014, Ninja Theory announced a new title called Hellblade for PlayStation 4. At the time, no other platforms were mentioned. The studio has announced that its adding one more to its planning.

The title will be coming to PC, according to PC Gamer. Ninja Theory says it will be “future-proofing” the game, with 4K resolution and potential support for mods.

Ninja Theory is working with a small team of only 13 members to create Hellblade, which takes place in a Viking underworld. For more on the title, you can check out a developer diary as part of the studio’s commitment to open development.

Steam’s First Anime Games Sale Includes Fighting Games, RPGs, And Action

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Steam’s First Anime Games Sale Includes Fighting Games, RPGs, And Action

Valve is hosting its first sale focused exclusively on anime games. Over 40 titles are on offer, with titles discounted by as much as 75 percent.

Included are entries from the Ys series, The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky, The King of Fighters XIII, and Double Helix’s Strider reboot. You can see the entire list on the Steam sale page.

The sale ends at 10 a.m. Pacific / 1 p.m. Eastern on Monday, January 12. For more from Valve, check out this morning’s news about the company’s presence at GDC

Reader Discussion: Have You Ever Sold A Rare Gaming Item For A Profit?

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With Nintendo’s Amiibo figures and Gamecube adapter in short supply, we did some investigation about current prices. What we found was a gray market filled with transactions amounting to many times suggested retail price on these items.

There’s money to be made if you make the right gambles (as proven by selling prices on Amiibo auctions). We’re curious if you’ve ever profited off a rare item.

How do you feel about people purchasing just for resale? Do you see a difference between someone selling only one item versus buying up as many as they can?

Valve To Have Large GDC Presence With Steam Machines ‘Front And Center’

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With the delay of the Steam Machines out of 2014, there has been some speculation about the fate of the devices. We reached out to Valve to find out when we might learn more about the hardware.

Yesterday, a report emerged that the term “Steam Machine” is dead. Valve refutes that assertion, which was made by Origin PC CEO Kevin Wasielewski (a Steam Machine partner) in a conversation with GameSpot.

“We're planning a very large presence at GDC with Steam Machines being front and center,” a Valve representative told us via email. Wasielewski also suggests that the Steam Controller is “finalized,” though Valve did not comment directly in response to that part of our inquiry.

Marvel Re-Lists Dark Horse Star Wars Comics Under Its Own Name

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Remember last month when we told you that time was running out to get Dark Horse’s Star Wars comics in digital form? It turns out that was only partially true. It was just the last chance to get them with the Dark Horse name and logo.

Marvel today re-listed a number of Dark Horse’s comics via Comixology. These include The Thrawn Legacy, multiple volumes of Star Wars Omnibus, The Empire, and Legacy. 

If you browse the Comixology listings, you’ll notice that the Dark Horse name is gone. It’s been replaced with the Marvel logo. This is something we've seen in game packaging before, most recently after THQ's properties were purchased by others, including Deep Silver (Saints Row, Metro) and Nordic Games (Darksiders and many others).

Triforce Films Takes Us For A Ride With Marvel Vs. Capcom 2 A Cappella

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I am never going to get tired of great video game tunes performed as harmonious a cappella. The latest comes from Triforce Films, which is currently working on a month-long tribute to superheroes.

Mr. Dooves, Triforce Films' resident a cappella whiz, has arranged and performed three tracks from Marvel vs. Capcom 2, including the much adored stage select music, “I Wanna Take You for a Ride.” You can check it out below.

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