Once long ago I owned a copy of Tetris for the Mega Drive. The knock-off bootleg version. Then I traded it away long before I knew how rare it was. Well, that is, how rare the actual licensed version is. Knowing that I’d never end up with the licensed copy I really wanted to try and get my bootleg version back. Not so easy. Those few times it showed up on ebay it was listed for hundreds of dollars. Sometimes for just the cart.
Then recently I saw it listed for $350. I don’t know why but I made an offer for $100. Not nothing but far from the asking price. I got a counter offer asking $150. That was down a lot but I really honestly felt like I was at my limit. I replied explaining that $100 was all I wanted to do, including shipping. I got another reply stating that if it wasn’t sold after the up coming weekend that my offer of $100 would be accepted. I was pretty excited. At the same time I still feel a little crazy for spending $100 but this one game will be a place holder in my collection for the single rarest game for the Genesis/Mega Drive. I’m pretty sure I’m really happy with this 😛
A BIG Danke Schön to my fellow collector auf Deutschland!
This is my new Bootleg Mega Drive Tetris. Not mint, but pretty good:
This is what Sega’s officially licensed copy of Tetris was going to look like for the Japanese Mega Drive. Sega ended up losing the license for Tetris on consoles so they had to destroy the copies they made.
The assumption is that some were spared and got out into the wild. Which is why this version of Tetris is so rare and why someone on ebay got a little crazy in the head. Signed Licensed Sega Mega Drive Tetris:
Wildly over priced eBay auction for Tetris:
While searching for pictures of the license version I came across some really well made custom case covers and labels that I might print up some time. I believe the person who posted them also created them. The following is a link for many more excellent covers: http://www.box.net/shared/5qi65zpjbp
Tetris Case Cover Sleeve and cartridge lable:
With all of the recent hype for the originally licensed Tetris it really nailed home the idea that I’ll never have it. Which for me adds some extra value to my bootleg copy. For fun I even considered trying to Photoshop up a copy that looks like the licensed version but despite how simple the Tetris cover looks it’s really not that easy to reproduce (at least for me).