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Scott Amos of Reno discovered an unopened copy of Kid Icarus, a 1987 cult-classic video game, when cleaning out his attic. Initially, he thought it might be worth a few hundred dollars at best, but since this copy is unopened and was still in the bag from J.C. Penney, complete with a receipt for $38.45, the game ended up fetching a lot more at Heritage Auctions. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
Heritage Auctions video game consignment director Valarie McLeckie says Kid Icarus one of the hardest Nintendo titles to find in sealed condition, and there are less than 10 in the hands of vintage game collectors. Video game grading service Wata Games gave Amos’ copy a rating of 8.0 on a 10-point scale. Amos said nobody in the family remembers purchasing the game, but the Dec. 8, 1988, purchase date hints suggests it may have been intended as a Christmas present.
“I can remember the game. My neighbor down the street had it. I remember it being hard, and I was never that good of a gamer guy. All the family has been trying to come up with a hypothesis … (My mom) thinks she put it there and never got it back out, and then it ended up in the attic,” said Amos.