A copy of the very first Zelda game made in 1987 sold Friday for $870,000 at Dallas Heritage Auctions


The series centers on the various incarnations of Link, a courageous young Hylian man, with pointy elf-like ears; and Princess Zelda, a magical princess that is the mortal reincarnation of the goddess Hylia; as they fight to save the magical land of Hyrule from Ganon, an evil warlord turned demon king The auction house did not reveal details about the buyer. Retro video games and consoles continue to grow in popularity among collectors.The previous title-holder was a 1986 “Super Mario Bros” cartridge that sold for $660,000 in April.


In a Dallas Heritage Auctions sale that ended Friday, a sealed copy of the very first Zelda game made in 1987 still in its original packaging sold for $870,000. Prior to this, another high-end cartridge of the game sold for $50,400 in September of 2020, making this sale roughly 17 times the price of that earlier one. “This is the only copy from one of the earliest production runs that we’ve ever had the opportunity to offer,” Heritage notes in the description, and that production run only lasted a handful of months. That “NES R” production run dates back to late 1987, and it was preceded by only one other run (dubbed “NES TM”). The auction listing notes that since only one copy of an “NES TM” version is known to exist. It’s the rarity and age of this copy that made it such a pricey buy. The Legend of Zelda is a popular fantasy adventure game that was first released in 1986, one of the most significant titles in the history of video games and one of Nintendo’s best-known series.