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The Nintendo World Championships 1990 Game Pak was a game used exclusively at the Nintendo World Championships 1990. While originally not intended to be given away, the competitors (and others) were eventually given the Game Paks they used in the competition (90 were made). In addition, a contest was held by Nintendo Power to give away 26 gold copies. The Game Pak combined Super Mario Bros., Rad Racer and Tetris to be used in competition.
The length of each game was officially played over the course of 6 minutes 21 seconds. With each mini-game (Super Mario Bros., Rad Racer, Tetris), once one was passed the player could move onto the next one, until the final stage, Tetris, in which the player would run out the timer and attempt to rack up the highest scored.
- Super Mario Bros. - The player must collect 50 coins
- Rad Racer - The player must complete a special Nintendo World Championships course
- Tetris - The player must amass the highest score in a Tetris marathon
In Super Mario Bros. and Rad Racer, it would be impossible to lose (with either the counter or lives set to infinite). Losing Tetris, however, would end the game.
Due to its fame and scarcity, the Nintendo World Championships 1990 Game Paks are especially prized by collectors, and demand a high price. The gold copies in particular are some of the most valuable video games.
Condition is also an issue with these cartridges, with very few being in mint condition. This is in part due to the cheap glue used in the adhesion of the labels. Time has showed that this will cause the label to peel over time, even without normal use.
In 2008, Retrozone made replicas of the cartridge for play on the Nintendo Entertainment System due to the fact that emulators of the game tended not to be very accurate in timing of the games. The game comes in a distinctive clear cobalt blue shell without switches to prevent it from being confused for a official cart.
|No.||Original Owner||Current Owner||Picture|
|0055||Randy Napier||Randy Napier as of 3/22/12|
|0090||Jason Brandos||Eddy Yuja|
|0103||Robin Mihara||John Tani as of April 2009|
|0105||Shannon Webster||Nicola Ferrarese|
|0137||Ben Smith||Tod Curtis as of 10/16/2005|
|0260||Dustin Durham||Steve Lin|
Anonymous ex-NOA employee
who used Ben Smith as a middleman
|0305||Steve Gingerich||Rob Fischer|
Brad Russo (received from his
Dad, Arthur "Torch" Russo, an NWC staffer)
|0346||Robert Whiteman||Robert Whiteman|
|0???||????||Muresan (aka Stephen)|
- ↑ Morgan, Nicholas (April 27, 2008) "Nintendo World Championships 1990 GOLD for $12000 from Buyatari"
Published by: Nintendo Age
- ↑ http://cgi.ebay.com/NES-Nintendo-World-Championship-gamings-Holy-Grail-NWC_W0QQitemZ250469343691QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUS_Vintage_Video_Games?hash=item3a5122e1cb&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14=&_trkparms=65%3A10=