As gamers, we all demanded it: A place where we can learn about the videogame industry’s rich history, where it’s heading next, and how we can all be a part of it. A place where we can meet and expand our vast community of creative and competitive minds. A place that exudes FUN in a permanent home where on any given day we can play the games of yesterday, today AND tomorrow. It’s HAPPENING in Frisco, Texas!
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The National Videogame Museum has opened its doors in what we are calling “1.0”. There are thousands of artifacts on display, from one-of-a-kind prototypes to the most sought-after rarities ever. Interactive exhibits inviting you to “just one more play” line the walls. A reproduction 80’s style arcade hums with the classics that launched the industry. A classroom that focuses on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) values and community events that will run a steady stream of educational and entertaining programs. Join us!
With your support, there is much more ahead. In “2.0” we are looking to expand to include event space, a library (both of games and of archived documents), a research and archival laboratory, theater space and much more. Come be a part of it and share in the experience of building the mecca for videogamers young and old!
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.