Two Unreleased And ‘Never Digitized’ NES Games Are Up For Auction On EBay

Cifaldi is attempting to acquire these for the nonprofit Video Game History Foundation, which is dedicated to preserving video games for future generations.

Two unreleased and 'never digitized' NES games are up for auction on eBay
Two unreleased and 'never digitized' NES games are up for auction on eBay

According to a tweet from the Video Game History Foundation’s Frank Cifaldi, seen by Kotaku, two extremely rare “unreleased, one-of-a-kind, never-digitized” Nintendo NES games have appeared on eBay.

One of them, Battlefields of Napoleon, was only available in Japan. The other is a Rare cartridge that appears to be a demo of one of the few games ever created for the Nintendo Power Glove.

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The game was “rescued from a dumpster after The Learning Company acquired Brderbund in 1998 and subsequently discarded most of the historical assets,” according to the Battlefields of Napoleon eBay listing.

The lot includes a WATA certified prototype on a development board as well as two additional CHR ROMs. It also comes with the original packaging design.

In fact, the ROMs, boards, and packaging were most likely ready for final production, but for some reason, it was never released in English.

“It includes the files that would be mailed to Nintendo for printing! We can create perfect digital versions with these “Cifaldi stated this in a tweet. There are four more days of bidding, but it is already selling for $5,700.

Because Napolean is WATA graded, the code has already been dumped for review, so “never digitized” isn’t entirely correct.

However, as Cifaldi points out, the code can be released by whoever purchases it. “I can’t put it online unless a new owner allows it, and obviously if that new owner is us [the Video Game History Foundation], we will allow it,” he says.

“CES SAMPLE: Please return to RARE COIN-IT INC.” says the other. According to the eBay listing, it’s a “1-level prototype demo of game called ‘Scanner’ which was designed for the Mattel Power Glove” by Rare, the developer who worked on a number of Nintendo titles.

The listing goes on to say that the game was designed by the seller’s husband and that it has been tested in a retail environment and is playable. The auction is currently at $6,000 with 40 hours left to bid.

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Cifaldi is attempting to acquire these for the nonprofit Video Game History Foundation, which is dedicated to preserving video games for future generations.

However, he stated that the organization requires assistance in acquiring these because they are likely to fetch high prices. If you’d like to contribute to their acquisition of these amusing and historically significant titles, Cifaldi says his Twitter DMs are open.

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