Gearbox Software Presents: A Charitable Celebrity Poker Tournament

Aug 29, 2012   //   by Joe Santulli   //   Events, Museum News, News  //  Comments Off

Gearbox Poker TournamentTo kick off Gearbox Community Day 2012 and the Borderlands 2 Launch party, our generous friends at Gearbox Software are holding a charity poker tournament on Friday, September 14, 2012 at The Palladium in Dallas, TX.

All proceeds from this tournament as well as the various auctions and raffles are earmarked to support the Videogame History Museum. The tournament will be a night to remember loaded with good times, good people, and video game talk. Even if you’re not into poker, stop by for the silent auction and raffles.

For registration and more information regarding the tournament, please visit the Gearbox Software Poker Tournament page.

For more information on Gearbox Community Day 2012 and how to register, please visit the Gearbox Community Day page.

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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.