1986 NES Deluxe Set Reached the Mount Olympus of Collectibles

Javier SerranoAmiibo Price Guide’s  Javier Serrano, aka Fjaviserr, grabs the controller and takes us back to the video game era of 1986. Read more of his wonderful guest posts here!


It is not a secret that the collector market is living its golden days, seeing every week record figures in all related to memorabilia and collectibles.

And some Nintendo’s videogames reached the Mount Olympus of collectibles, being sold for significant figures of several millions of dollars. So, it is completely normal that some classic pieces of the Big Red N are coveted for the most avid collectors these days.

Particularly, I want to highlight the recent sold of one of the most iconic Nintendo products ever made; the Nintendo Entertainment System Deluxe Set with R.O.B. and Zapper (1986), which was auctioned by Goldin for US$74,420.

This set represents the path of change in video-gaming History, and how Nintendo revolutionized the video-game business. But we must briefly go back to the 80’s to understand this revolution.

In 1983 after the video game crash, also known in Japan as the Atari shock, many experts said that the video-game industry was a passing fad, and that industry was dead. However, Nintendo, an emerging company at that moment, which had its first overseas hit in 1981 with the Donkey Kong game for arcade machines, had much to say.

That success was followed by the launch of FAMICOM (Family Computer) in the Japanese market (1983), including titles such as Donkey Kong, Donkey Kong Jr. y Popeye.

Nintendo played a pivotal role those days and got the international recognition in 1985, when the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) and Super Mario Bros. landed to the US market, changing the home gaming consoles concept until today.

It is difficult to think what would be happened if Nintendo didn’t launch the NES into the US market, but happily it never happened. And some of those leading characters have become in true pop culture icons, helping to revitalize a dying industry at that time.

The heritage of the early days in Nintendo’s portfolio still remain with Mario, Donkey Kong, Link, Little Mac, Duck Hunt and other relevant characters, finding their legacy in amiibo series too, bringing us an endless feeling of nostalgia through those NFC figures.

A lot of ink and bytes started to be spilled over the last 40 years, but one thing is truth, Nintendo revolutionized the video-console system, or we can simply say, how a plumber changed pop culture forever.

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