Would You Like To Buy One Thousand Famicoms?

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The Famicom is an iconic game console. It established Nintendo as a gaming powerhouse. So! How would you like to own, oh, a thousand Famicoms?

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On Yahoo! Auctions Japan, a seller is offering a lot of one thousand Famicoms (above). Just look at that stack. Look at it! Goodness.

The haul contains 480 Famicom consoles in excellent condition, 420 consoles in good condition and 100 consoles that have yellowed in the sun.

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The opening bid is nearly US$76,000. That's a lot of money, but this is a lot of Famicoms! There are enough consoles here for you to play a new one everyday for nearly the next three years.

Four days are left in this auction, and currently, there are no bids.

As commenter TwoSpeedfordomatic notes, the auction listing states, "In order to protect our cultural heritage and make this effort worthwhile, please ensure these machines stay within Japan. Those intending to purchase for export and/or international resale should refrain from bidding." Yikes!

ファミコン1000台 [Yahoo! Auction via 秒間SUNDAY]

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DISCUSSION

Margatroid
Margatroid

Some clarification may be in order.

According to the listing, this is a lot of 1000 restored Famicoms that have been modified with with the addition of composite video outputs. 2400 Famicoms were pulled apart to make this 1000, and only good condition controller rubbers have been used in the rebuild, all the cartridge contacts have been cleaned and/or replaced, the D-pads have been modified to make diagonal movement more reliable, all the fasteners are brand new and decals have been reproduced. As opposed to the later A/V Famicom which used a low-cost chipset, all the original circuitry is retained for authentic game experience whilst allowing for easy compatibility with modern televisions. The seller claims to be selling these in order to downsize a retro-gaming business.

Something else in that listing that caught my eye was the red-lettered warning of "In order to protect our cultural heritage and make this effort worthwhile, please ensure these machines stay within Japan. Those intending to purchase for export and/or international resale should refrain from bidding." Take that as you wish.

A gallery of the restoration work can be found here:
https://box.yahoo.co.jp/guest/viewer?s…