As sealed vintage video games continue to heat up as an alternative asset class. a rare version of The Legend of Zelda for the original NES is gaining steam at the moment.
Launching via Heritage Auctions on July 9, the 9.0 WATA graded example has already surpassed $110,000 USD in pre-bidding and is likely to sell for quite a bit more. "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," the auction house notes. "A proverbial trifecta of collector perfection that only one will receive the honor of calling their own.”
And though most people won't have the investable cash to compete in this race, fractional ownership houses like Rally and Otis make it possible to own a piece. In fact, a graded 9.4 WATA example of this exact game is due to IPO on Rally shortly with share prices at $11.50 USD each. Otis, meanwhile, is home to a copy of Zelda II: The Adventures of Link graded 9.4 WATA through its platform. It currently has a market cap of just over $29,000 USD with purchasable shares at $9.92 USD.