Get Your Hands on an Original NES Software Development Kit

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This may look like a busted up Nintendo Entertainment System, but its seller says it's actually an NES development kit, recovered about 10 years ago from the warehouse of a defunct Las Vegas-area developer. It's up for bid on eBay, currently topping out at $305.

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The seller is, evidentely, not a video gamer, saying his experience with games "starts and stops" at the NES. Yet when he was cleaning out the warehouse of Westwood Studios - a games maker evetually bought out by Electronic Arts - something told him to hang onto this. "I knew it was odd, so I asked if I could have it," he writes. "My supervisor said help yourself to anything that's being tossed out."

The unit has been in his garage for the past 10 years, "where I have regarded it as a curiosity but also as a possible piece of video game history."

Currently its bid is $305; the seller says he's set a high reserve, content to let it sit in his garage another 10 years "before I get a good price" if necessary. It evidently isn't operational - "the screen blinks off and on with a white background" when connected. "I have no idea if there is a game on it or not." Still "The bottom portion of the kit works because I was able to run another game cartridge on it." I guess that means the NES itself functions but the SDK motherboard is toast. Sitting exposed in a garage for 10 years may do that.

Loads of pictures available at the link; judge for yourself if it's authentic.

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Original Nintendo NES Development Kit - One of a Kind [eBay]

DISCUSSION

He cannot sell it.

All Nintendo development kits are property of Nintendo "for ever".

When Nintendo sends out kits to developpers, they are essentially renting them.

So its not his to sell.

*edit* To add, at the end of the "life" of a dev kit, the developpers are stuck with them. They can't send em back to Nintendo or resell them to another studio either.