Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Behold, The Gold Rockman 4 Cartridge

In an episode of Game Center CX, host Shinya Arino (and guest host Sarina Suzuki) paid a visit to famed Japanese retro gaming retailer Super Potato, the retailer for anything and everything retro gaming.  While scoping out the goods, one item in particular caught Arino's attention: the gold Rockman 4 cartridge...

Retailing at 590,000 yen (approx. $6,000), this very shiny cartridge is one of only eight in existence.  The carts were issued as prizes for those who won the RM4 boss design contest back in 1991.  Word has it that this particular cartridge in Super Potato's possession has been on display for the past four years, and has yet to be sold. 

The whereabouts of the remaining gold carts have remained largely undisclosed, but it's safe to assume their respective winners either held onto them, or sold them at one point or another.  Actually, in the case of the former, Yoshitaka Enomoto, creator of the Bright Man design, once told former MM fansite Atomic-Fire that he still treasures his gold cart, and has no plans to sell it.  Well, that was nearly five years ago, so...


  1. Wow, that is amazing. I think I'd like to have that. Does it still play?

  2. time to make a withdrawal from the bank

  3. I love how the man said "Buy it!" But seriously, I can't say that I wouldn't consider it, though honestly it's just purely for collectors since it wouldn't have any real sentimental value to me either as I didn't enter that boss design contest and win.

    I will say, though, that at least this seems legit, as opposed to that one you posted about a while back...

  4. As a personal friend of Enomoto, I can tell yo he still has it.
    Although impressed with the price, he makes enough money that he has no need to sell it even if he didn't treasure it. He actually was on TV about a year back as well, on a show talking about how much people in certain jobs make every year. I missed the episode myself, but he told me that they were relatively impressed with is income.

  5. Well, the price is somewhat expected for something that rare. I don't doubt it was really there for 2 years or more, and may stay longer...

    Capcom did a gold cart for the winners of the contest of other games or only Rockman 4?

  6. wonder what kind of moron would want to sell such a prized item...

  7. Other contest winners got other stuff, like jackets and clocks and stuff. I think R4 is the only time they did cartridges..?

    Something is only worth what someone is willing to pay for it. So if no one will actually buy the thing, it isn't worth what they say it is. Except maybe for insurance purposes...

  8. "wonder what kind of moron would want to sell such a prized item..."

    Well, the "moron" that is willing to sell something like that is obviously a person that doesn't treasure the object (has no attachment and doesn't care about collecting it), and so would rather have the cash.

    "Something is only worth what someone is willing to pay for it."

    Exactly. Something's value is only equal to what people are willing to pay for it. The price here is merely what the seller WANTS for it.

  9. Fake one posted on eBay atm.

    More info here:


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