Zelda's legend is a cult game and even, as its name suggests, legendary. In the same way as Super Mario, it is one of the reasons for the planetary success of Nintendo, then of the democratization of the video game which followed and which continues today, 35 years after the release of the game in 1986. The game Created by Shigeru Miyamoto and Takashi Tezuka quickly became a real phenomenon with a total of almost 100 million games sold to date. The story takes place in a fantastic universe, and it's about saving Princess Zelda. As for the synopsis, he is relatively simple, the player embodies Link, the hero of the saga facing the Lord of evil embodied by Ganon and trying to save Princess Zelda. There are more than 19 games in the Zelda saga, including several remakes and spin off. The saga also gave rise to a multitude of manga, animation series, Slot machines And even successful soundtrack. The Zelda saga also appears in the Guinness Book of records to be the game having sold the fastest, with no less than six million units worldwide in just eight weeks.
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Zelda and Nintendo beat a new record
But more recently Nintendo's cult game broke a new record. This time, this is a feat in terms of unit price, with the auction of a rare edition of the game dating from 1987, at a price of $ 8,70000! This transaction therefore broke the record hitherto held by Super Mario Bros, including a rare edition and still in its original packaging have found takers for a sum of $ 6,60,000. If we cannot speak strictly gambling With video games, we can say that they bring their creators big!
Vertiginous sums that the organizers of the auction (the house Heritage Auctions) explain on the one hand, by the rarity of the publishing, but above all because it is in its intact original packaging of 1987. Indeed, Less rare versions of the game, and this time dating from 1988 had been sold around $ 50,000, which represents a considerable sum, of course, but which remains well below the present record. An additional proof that what makes the intrinsic value of an object is indeed its rarity. Because from a utilitarian point of view, it is understood that opening the game box, would immediately lose most of its value. This copy is therefore obviously intended to remain cloistered in its precious packaging for a long time, or even forever ...
A record and a birthday
Pure chance of the calendar or wink of fate, this historic and mirobal sale also comes the year when the Zelda saga celebrates its 35th anniversary. For the occasion, Nintendo announced the arrival of a miniature game & watch in a special edition with the image of Zelda. The console being in a special edition it is obviously collector, but that's not all. Nintendo also offers three Zelda games pre-loaded on the console.
Remember that Nintendo is not at his first attempt, the Japanese giant had already released a special edition of his Game & Watch console for Mario's 35th anniversary. A ritual now for Nintendo which plans to do the same for the 35th anniversary of all the firm's classics. Thus, it seems that a anniversary version for the 35 years of Pokémon which should intervene in 10 years is already being prepared. The Game & Watch Zelda console will be available for sale from November 12, but its price has not yet been disclosed. If we rely at the average sale price of special version in tribute to Mario, we must probably expect a price around fifty euros.