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With the huge amount of interest in the NES in the collector community, many collectors have gone down the long and winding road of trying to purchase a copy of every NES game ever released in order to complete the set. Though daunting, its a task that a growing number of collectors have managed to accomplish through a combination of luck, local finds, and ebay.

But are those sets truly complete? Does the community even know what a complete set is comprised of?

An increasing number of collectors are becoming interested in and are hunting down US and foreign variant editions of released NES carts, boxes, manuals, and other inserts. For example, a long in print game such as The Legend of Zelda may have as many as five or ten different box iterations and a similar number of cart iterations.

New variants are being documented all the time, and apart from the interest in researching and documenting items previously not known to exist, many collectors appear to be enjoying the ability to hunt down rare and/or currently unappreciated variants for just a few dollars each.

At Nintendo Age, we are trying to document each variant on our site one step at a time. You'll find many variants on our database and we invite you to use the information, and to contribute if you discover a previously unknown variant.

0Much to the surprise of the collector community, after our article dated 11.15.2006, a further two (count 'em, two) copies of the elusive (26 produced about a dozen known to exist so far) Gold NWC 1990 carts came up for sale on ebay, perhaps due to the buzz surrounding the previous "buy-it-now" listings at $15,000.

Both auctions met reserve with the first auction ending around $7,500 and the second ending at $5,100. Although these may seem like underwhelming sales in light of the asking price of $15,000 on the previous cart, it should be noted that neither seller accepted time payments or even credit cards... both required up-front money orders and neither seller was well known to the collecting community as a NWC owner.

As a result, its quite likely that the ending prices were deflated by the all-cash, all-now requirements and the close proximity of the auctions to each other. The $7500 sale is a record on a completed sale (as far as we're aware) and the sales do seem to suggest, in our opinion, that in the right type of sale with more generous bidding terms this may now be a five figure item.