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Original 'The Legend Of Zelda' Game Selling For Over $100,000 Right Now

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Original 'The Legend Of Zelda' Game Selling For Over $100,000 Right Now

A copy of The Legend Of Zelda, released for the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1986, is selling for hundreds of thousands of dollars at auction. Before you speed off into the attic to dig out your version, hold on - there's something special about this game.

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"Truly, the term "grail" only begins to scratch the surface of describing this game," reads the description of The Legend Of Zelda on HeritageAuctions. "Of all of the games we've offered in our auctions, this sealed, early production copy of the first game in the groundbreaking Legend of Zelda series is no doubt the apotheosis of rarity, cultural significance, and collection centerpieces. A proverbial trifecta of collector perfection that only one will receive the honor of calling their own."

The grade nine copy of 'The Legend Of Zelda' / Credit: HeritageAuctions
The grade nine copy of 'The Legend Of Zelda' / Credit: HeritageAuctions

Sure. What that means is that this game is a sealed grade nine "NES R" early production version of The Legend Of Zelda, which in turn means that this cartridge was only in production for a few months in 1987. As a result, it is extremely rare and likely to be the rarest form of the game that one could actually purchase for themselves. There is only one "NES TM" version out there and there's no way of knowing if the person that holds it would ever sell it. It's all getting a little mythical, isn't it?

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Of course, The Legend Of Zelda series is hardly one to do things by halves. Check out our compilation of the most epic moments in the games below.

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E3 2021 gave us our next glimpse at Breath Of The Wild 2 - surprisingly, there is no official title at the moment so that's what we're calling the sequel for now. In the new trailer, Hyrule looks to have ruptured and parts of the world have been thrown into the air, suspended through some magical force, no doubt. Link, with a new augmented arm that allows him to use the Sheikah Slate abilities, is able to travel between these floating islands, collect a lot of shiny knick knacks, and rescue Zelda at some point too. Suddenly, that Skyward Sword Switch port is making so much sense.

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That arm has got me thinking, though. Rumours are swirling that Twilight Princess is also on its way to the Switch, and the markings trailing towards Link's shoulder and down his chest look like those of the Twili. The Twilight Realm is a parallel dimension to Hyrule and came into existence after the Goddesses banished the Interlopers for their attempt to take over the power of the Triforce. Why is this relevant? Well, what if one of the Interlopers escaped the gaze of the Goddesses and is deep underground in hiding... until a certain two characters accidentally awaken them? As Billy Ray Cyrus once said, "Much to think about."

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Topics: News, Nintendo, The Legend of Zelda

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