Computer Space Restoration

Aug 28, 2012   //   by Joe Santulli   //   Museum News, News  //  Comments Off

Computer Space RestorationMany years ago when Classic Gaming Expo was just starting out, our good friend Larry Anderson donated a Computer Space machine to our museum effort. This was a machine that Larry had found in a barn or one of those similar horror stories that you periodically hear about. The machine was in rough shape with the cabinet sun-faded and cracked, and the monitor and other parts occupying several small boxes. We put the machine into our storage unit with the plan of one day restoring it. Well, that day has come! Scott Schreiber from Retrogaming Roundup saw it recently and offered to restore the machine for us. We were skeptical at first, but figured, “What do we have to lose?” We shipped the machine to Scott and when we received it back shortly before this year’s Classic Gaming Expo, we thought Scott had shipped us a different machine because there was no way our old machine could look this good.


The Retrogaming Roundup guys are huge supporters of CGE and the Museum so when you get a chance, drop by and tell Scott “Nice job!”

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Museum Spotlight

Nintendo World Championships '90 Cart


This month's Museum Spotlight is Nintendo World Championships ‘90 cart #132, originally owned by Josh Caraciolo, a tournament winner from the Philadelphia area who played in the age 12-17 group. Josh sold it to a guy named Dave (trustey1 on eBay) at a con called "Wizard World" earlier this summer (2012). Dave took offers on eBay but the deal fell through. We explained to Dave our intention of giving this item a permanent home in a physical museum and he sold it to us at a very fair price.

History: Nintendo hosted a series of competitive events across 29 cities in 1990. The competition was held using this custom game that lasts for 6 minutes and 21 seconds. It starts with Super Mario Brothers and switches to Rad Racer when you gather 50 coins. Finish the course in Rad Racer and it switches to Tetris where you play until time expires. There were 3 age categories and the contest spanned a 3-day period. The finalist for each age group in each city won a trophy, $250, and a trip for two to the World Finals at Universal Studios Hollywood. There are 116 special game cartridges in all: 90 gray cartridges were given out to finalists and 25 are gold colored and were given out as prizes in a separate contest held by Nintendo Power magazine.