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Collector trades rare $20K Nintendo World Championships for Pokemon Red

Published: 11/Sep/2020 0:08 Updated: 11/Sep/2020 0:10

by Michael Gwilliam


A Pokemon game collector had to trade away one of the rarest video games ever made in Nintendo World Championships in order to acquire a sealed copy of Pokemon Red.

Nintendo World Championships is an extremely rare game and often retails for over $15,000 USD, with the special gold variant being more elusive and expensive.

The grey carts were given to finalists in the Nintendo World Championships, and it’s unknown exactly how many copies were made, further increasing its prestige.

That all said, for one collector, he was willing to trade the cart for a sealed copy of Pokemon Red.

As game collector Pat Contri explained on his podcast, he was baffled this trade even happened. “I cannot wrap my head around wanting, even if it’s sealed, a Pokemon Red game and giving up a Nintendo World Championships for that.”

“We’re talking about a game that has historical cultural significance in video games that they only made a few hundred of at most… this is always a game people are after,” he added. “To trade that straight up, I don’t know the mentality behind that.”

The trade in question happened between Portland game store owner Josh Hamblin and an unknown party.

Hamblin had what he explained to be “the highest Red ever graded” with a “white ESRB seal 83% which is commonly accepted as the 1st print run.”

According to Hamblin, the collector is a “very large Pokemon card collector who only collects very few video games,” and the copy he traded wasn’t even his best.

“He still has one of the nicest grey NWC carts in his collection,” he explained, adding that he even had a gold NWC, as well.

Pokemon Red on Gameboy
Would you trade an NWC cart for Pokemon Red?

Furthermore, Hamblin said that the collector, “knew I had to be wowed with the trade offer to even consider it over a cash offer, because I was just content to wait it out since Gameboy hasn’t come close to peaking yet.”

That all said, Nintendo World Championships can fetch a pretty penny on auction. PriceCharting notes that three copies of the game were sold in 2019, selling for $23,000, $26,400, and $19,000.


Forza Horizon 4 Backstage cars list, location & passes

Published: 23/Oct/2020 16:49

by Kieran Bicknell


Series 28 of Forza Horizon 4 saw a number of updates and changes implemented, with one of the biggest being the introduction of Horizon Backstage. We explain how to access this new area, and give a rundown of all the cars available. 

The Forza Backstage area was added to Forza Horizon 4 as part of the Series 28 update on October 13, 2020.

Allowing players access to exclusive, ultra-rare, and hard-to-find cars, the Backstage area is an exciting new addition to the game. Along with making it easier to find such rare cars, it also makes them far more accessible, as each featured vehicle only costs one ‘Backstage Pass’ rather than millions of credits.

Horizon Backstage LocationHorizon Backstage is located behind the main Horizon Festival stage.

How to access Horizon Backstage

Forza Horizon 4 Backstage can be accessed much the same as the ‘Autoshow’ in the game.

Players can either drive to the physical location found behind the main Horizon Festival Stage, or access via the ‘Autoshow’ menu.

You can also access the area via the pause menu, by selecting “Horizon Backstage” under the ‘Cars’ tab.

Horizon Backstage Car ListEach car costs 1 Backstage Pass, and is limited to one per player.

Forza Horizon 4 Backstage Passes

Each vehicle in the Backstage area is available for purchase by players. Instead of the usual method of obtaining cars via in-game credits or Forzathon points, each vehicle costs 1x Backstage Pass.

These passes are awarded to players once they reach certain milestones in Festival event playlists. Passes are not specific to particular cars, and can be used for any vehicles featured in the backstage area.

Players can also accumulate passes, as they do not have an expiry date. It is important to note, however, that each featured car is limited to only one per player.

Horizon Backstage car votingThe Forza Horizon 4 community has the opportunity to vote which cars make it to Backstage.

Horizon Backstage cars

The cars featured in Horizon Backstage are chosen via community vote. From what we can see, previous cars stick around after their initial period, and currently, players are able to access Backstage featured cars from the previous seven days.

Currently available Horizon Backstage cars:

  • 1999 Lotus Elise Series 1 Sport 190
  • 2012 Ferrari 599XX Evo
  • 1965 Hoonigan Gymkhana 10 Hoonicorn Mustang
  • 2005 Hot Wheels Ford Mustang
  • 1970 Porsche 914/6
  • 2018 Honda Civic Type R
  • 1994 Nissan Fairlady Z Version S Twin Turbo
  • 2001 TVR Tuscan S