Welcome to Video Games Insider for January 12th, 2022 – FREE version.
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Video Games in 2022
Video games start 2022 on the right foot as they halt a two-month slide. They may have found a bottom.
Last week’s performance
Fractional secondary markets
Last week’s turnaround was led by Gameboy games, which were up nearly 25% on average. The biggest decline was from the sole Playstation game – Grand Theft Auto – which traded down for the second week in a row on Rally. It was as high as $13/sh and finished the week at $5/sh. It’s up 13% at the time of writing (1/11/22).
Not much of interest last week, though there’s an ongoing auction at Heritage we’ll discuss below.
Fortnite 2017 PS4 WATA 9.8 A+
- Market Cap: $16k
- Inferred Value: $11k
- Platform: Rally
- Date: 1/12/21
- Recommendation: [INSIDERS ONLY]
Nothing new this week, sorry.
This week continues the Heritage January Signature Games auction.
These are the games we’re watching:
John Madden Football WATA 9.2 A+ for Sega Genesis – this was the first console game featuring the recently late coaching and announcing legend. At the time of writing (1/4/22), it’s already up to $63k, surely bolstered by the man’s recent passing. This specific cartridge is from the offices of John Madden himself. Update – at $69k with 17 days to go
Super Mario Bros. WATA 9.8 A+ (last production run). If this beats $200k, it’ll indicate we’ve hit a bottom for Blue Chip NES games. Was at $33,600 last week and still is.
Nintendo World Championships 1990 WATA 6.0 Cart only. A WATA 6.5 sold for $85k in late October 2021. Anything above $50k will be a positive move forward. Wherever it lands, the WATA 8.5 version at Otis should be valued at around 10x the WATA 6.0 here. The cartridge and competition themselves have a fascinating backstory with only 116 known to exist. At $37,200, up from $32,400 last week.
Halo: Combat Evolved NFR WATA 9.8 A+. This Not for Resale (NFR) version, which is around 3.5x more valuable than the standard copy of this game, is the highest-graded copy I’ve seen. Otis bought a slightly inferior WATA 9.8 A for $84k end of October 2021, and it’s not yet fully funded on their platform. Anything over $100k for this sale should see their copy safely home. Currently at $26,400 up slightly from last week.
The Legend of Zelda WATA 9.2 A (Rev-A, Round SOQ, early/third production). An identical copy (as far as I can tell) sold for $90k in early December, which was a huge disappointment based on recent comparable sales. It implied a value of only around $110k for the copy on Rally, which is currently trading at $170k at the time of writing (again, 1/4/22). So this game’s milestones to beat are:
- $90k to indicate the market’s not collapsed any further
- $140k to justify the current market cap for the copy on Rally
Currently at $48k up significantly from last week ($16,200).
I also mentioned the WATA 9.4 A++ copy of Super Mario 64, because it’s nearly a direct comp for last week’s IPO on Rally. It needs to hit $80k to justify the valuation of the IPO, but we reckon it’ll finish closer to $30k. Fingers crossed we’re wrong. It’s currently at $12,600 up from $7,500 last week.