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    One of Three Known "TM" Copies of The Legend of Zelda

    The Legend of Zelda - Wata 8.0 A Sealed [NES TM, No Rev-A, First Production], NES Nintendo 1987 USA. Earlier this year in our July Signature Auction, a Wata 9.0 A copy of the "NES R" variant of this game (the variant that essentially comes directly after the "NES TM" copy) made waves across traditional media outlets, online forums, and YouTube when it generated a truly remarkable all-in price of $870,000. We described that copy as "the earliest sealed copy one could realistically hope to obtain," and as far as being realistic is concerned that was very much a true statement.

    With that said, however, we, nor anyone else, could have possibly imagined how much media attention our record-breaking July auction garnered. With stories in mainstream media outlets all over the country and world, people everywhere started checking their attics, closets, and basements for any old video games they had. The deluge of inquires we received following the July event was impressive and humbling to say the least. While the majority of them turned out to be nothing special, there were still a few diamonds in the rough. The one inquiry that stood out above all the others came from someone outside the collecting community, who happened to have a previously unknown copy of the first print of this game; the rarest and most desirable variant, which most collectors had thought was unobtainable.

    At the time of writing, we here at Heritage only know of three sealed copies of this variant: the Wata 9.4 A+ copy in the Singer collection, a copy that is currently ungraded and held by a private collector from the NintendoAge era, and this recently discovered copy. Though there's always an outside chance another may one day be discovered, it seems highly improbable considering how thoroughly collectors have specifically sought this variant out in sealed condition throughout the years. Further, it is impossible to imagine that any additional discoveries of this variant will be significant enough in population to satiate an entire market of collectors who deeply desire this first production copy in sealed condition.

    As for the game itself, there's no question as to why it is held with such high acclaim among gamers and collectors alike. Few series could match the significance of Nintendo's Legend of Zelda franchise. It successfully encapsulates everything there is to love about video games: solving puzzles, world exploration, immersive storytelling, and incredible character design just to name a few. There's certainly no wonder as to why Link is considered to be one of Nintendo's primary company mascots!


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    Auction Dates
    October, 2021
    29th-31st Friday-Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 25
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