Two unreleased and ‘never digitized’ NES games are up for auction on eBay

According to a, two extremely rare “unreleased, unique, never digitized” Nintendo NES games have appeared on eBay tweet by Frank Cifaldi of the Video Game History Foundation, seen by kotaku. One of those called Battlefields of Napoleon, was previously only released in Japan. The other is a Rare cartridge and appears to be the demo of one of the few games ever made for the Nintendo Power Glove.

According to the Battlefields of Napoleon eBay listing, the game was “rescued from a dumpster after The Learning Company acquired Brøderbund in 1998 and subsequently disposed of most of its historical assets”. Items in the lot include a WATA certified prototype on a development board and two additional CHR ROMs. It also includes the original box design.

In fact, the ROMs, boards and packaging were probably prepared for final production, but for some reason it was never released in English. “It comes with the actual files that are sent to Nintendo to be printed! With these we can create perfect digital versions,” Cifaldi said in a tweet. There are still four bidding days left, but it’s already selling for $5,700.

Since Napoleon is WATA rated, the code has already been filed for review, so “never digitized” is not technically entirely accurate. As Cifaldi Notes, but the code can be shared by any buyer. “I can’t put it online unless a new owner allows it and if that new owner is us [the Video Game History Foundation]we will of course allow it,” he said. To see how this (extremely complicated) game worked, watch this YouTube video by RndStranger.

The other is labeled “CES SAMPLE: Please return to RARE COIN-IT INC.” According to the eBay auction, this is a “1-level prototype demo of the game called ‘Scanner’, made for the Mattel Power Glove” by Rare, the developer that has created numerous titles for Nintendo. The listing goes on to say that the seller’s husband was the game designer, adding that it has been tested and is playable in a retail environment. The auction is currently at $6,000 with 40 hours of bidding remaining.

Cifaldi is trying to buy these for the non-profit Video Game History Foundation, which is dedicated to preserving video games for future generations. However, he said the organization needs some help acquiring these as they are bound to fetch high prices. If you would like to contribute something to help them acquire these entertaining and historically important titles, Cifaldi notes that his DMs are open to his Twitter account.

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