The Videogame History Museum was founded by John Hardie, Sean Kelly, and Joe Santulli, the creators of the enormously successful Classic Gaming Expo.
The Videogame History Museum was established to document, preserve, and archive the history of the Videogame industry. The museum is the next logical evolution of the world-famous Classic Gaming Expo museum exhibit which is comprised of over 20,000 items spanning numerous collections and over 25 years of historical document and data archiving. The vision of the Videogame History Museum is to have a physical research and reference facility that will also serve as an interactive educational exhibit to the industry and general public alike.
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.