"Real or fake? $45k NES Tengen Tetris prototype cart is very cool and VERY rare. But where's the authentication?"Naturally, I had to take a look, and off to Ebay I went.
Here's part of the seller's item description;
"This is the real deal, the extremely rare and once thought nonexistent prototype of the Tengen Version of Tetris which states Licensed by Nintendo on the title screen.If you want to add this bad boy to your collection then you'd better have some VERY deep pockets!
If you are a serious collector and capable of winning this auction, you already know why this cartridge is so rare and so valuable.
Why is this cart so important to video game history?
This important piece of history was followed by one of the ugliest lawsuits in early video game history. One where Tengen was forced to pull their superior version from the shelves just 4 weeks after release. Only 100,000 units of the production version of Tengen Tetris were sold during that time period.
THIS IS A ONE OF A KIND ORIGINAL PROTOTYPE It is possibly the latest build of Tengen Tetris before the legal action commenced.
The label reads
The game is housed in a modified Duck Hunt Cartridge.
The EPROMs are protected with a thick tape and the cartridge is glued together to prevent piracy and or duplication.
I will NOT attempt to open this cart for pictures of the board for fear it will destroy the prototype altogether. Don't even ask.
Less than a handful of these rare pre-lawsuit prototypes ever existed".
You can view the Ebay auction by clicking HERE.
Watch a video of the cartridge up and running HERE.
Read more about the cartridge by visiting this Wikipedia link.