Extremely rare video games found in Nebraska after 27 years in storage

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A video game store owner helps sort through a collection of rare games. He tells KETV NewsWatch 7 that the selection can be worth millions. “Hundreds, potentially over 1,000,” said Gameroom owner Chris Thompson. Chris Thompson with the Gameroom, is the face of the collection. But it’s not his and he doesn’t have it. The owners want to remain anonymous. It started when the owner came to his Omaha store in September. with him some unique items. He was asking for information about it. He had them and he just wanted to know more about the dynamics, how to value them,” Thompson said. So, Thompson helps owners connect with the right people to preserve games, learn more about them, and see how much they’re worth. He can’t say much, but they’ve been in storage for 27 years. “There was a video game store in Nebraska. And it worked in the mid-90s. And it ended up closing the doors and whatever was left was created and put into storage,” Thompson said. And the collection could potentially be worth millions of dollars. “Chrono Trigger is the one that gets the most reviews, Chrono Trigger is a game where a cartridge alone in average conditions was $200-$300,” Thompson said. It will not be an easy task. “These games are probably going to require hours of research. I mean, there’s probably going to be a team of people somewhere who will do this professionally, drop everything and get on with it at some point,” Thompson said. As for what the owners will do with the games, Thompson says that hasn’t been decided yet. To see the full YouTube video that shows parts of the collection, click here.

A video game store owner helps sort through a collection of rare games.

He tells KETV NewsWatch 7 the selection could be worth millions.

A YouTube video posted by Gameroom, gives just a small glimpse of a collection that gaming enthusiasts can only dream of.

“Hundreds, potentially over 1,000,” said Gameroom owner Chris Thompson.

Chris Thompson with Gameroom, is the face of the collection.

But it’s not his and he doesn’t have it.

The owners want to remain anonymous.

It all started when the owner came to his store in Omaha in September.

“He brought with him some unique items. He was asking for information about it. He had them and he just wanted to know more about the dynamics, how to value them,” Thompson said.

So, Thompson helps owners connect with the right people to preserve games, learn more about them, and see how much they’re worth.

He can’t say much but they’ve been in storage for 27 years.

“There was a video game store in Nebraska. And it worked in the mid-90s. And it ended up closing the doors and whatever was left was created and put into storage,” Thompson said.

And the collection could potentially be worth millions of dollars.

“Chrono Trigger is the one that gets the most reviews, Chrono Trigger is a game where a cartridge alone in average conditions was $200-$300,” Thompson said.

Valuing everything will not be an easy task.

“These games are probably going to require hours of research. I mean, there’s probably going to be a team of people somewhere who will do this professionally, drop everything and get on with it at some point,” Thompson said.

As for what the owners will do with the games, Thompson says that has yet to be decided.

To see the full YouTube video that shows parts of the collection, click here.

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