Museum Aquisitions, March 2015

Mar 24, 2015   //   by Joe Santulli   //   Museum News, News  //  Comments Off

During our tour of events which included Game Developer Conference in San Francisco, CA and South By Southwest in Austin, TX, we made a few side trips to collect some very intriguing donations to the museum.

Two of the major items are arcade cabinets which will be featured in the museum’s embedded arcade. The first is a Star Trek sit-down cabinet. This beautiful vector-graphics game never looked or sounded better, but what sets this particular one apart is that its previous owner took the coin door to Star Trek conventions, and had it signed by William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, George Takei and other cast members, making it a one-of-a-kind! Thanks to Randy Soares for donating the Star Trek arcade cabinet.

Another arcade cabinet added to the museum’s inventory is Stun Runner, a sit-down futuristic racing game. This cabinet features a prototype board which may or may not be used in day-to-day action. Thanks to Andrew Burgess for donating the Stun Runner cabinet.

Finally, we had a Sega Pluto donated. The Pluto was to be Sega’s “Saturn plus Netlink” console and there are very few of these prototypes known to exist. This particular unit is white with the Saturn logo stickered to it. It is a model and not a working prototype, much like the Sega Neptune that has been part of our collection for a great many years. Thanks to Steve Lin for donating the Sega Pluto.

Museum Acquisitions, March 2015

Star Trek sit-down cabinet

Museum Acquisitions, March 2015

Star Trek sit-down cabinet signatures

Museum Acquisitions, March 2015

STUN Runner sit-down cabinet

Museum Acquisitions, March 2015

Sega Pluto


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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.