Oh, joy ... stick: Man discovers unopened 1988 Nintendo video game that could sell for $10,000

An unopened 31-year-old gift could net one lucky guy a cool $10,000.

Scott Amos discovered a copy of the Nintendo cartridge Kid Icarus in the attic of his childhood home in Reno back on Mother’s Day when his mom asked up to gather some boxes of his childhood belongings.

Among the items he discovered was the game, which was released in 1987. A receiopt with the cartridge indicated it was bought on Dec. 8, 1988, ostensibly as a Christmas present, reported USA Today.

“All in the family has been trying to come up with a hypothesis,” said Amos. “(My mom) thinks she put it there and never got it back out, and then it ended up in the attic.”

The game cost $38.45 with tax.

Amos didn’t think it would be worth that much, so he left it on the kitchen counter.

“It was kind of funny. I saw it was sealed, and I thought it was worth a couple hundred dollars,” said Amos. “I go to work the next day and emailed a couple of experts. One of them wrote me back within 30 minutes and said, ‘You have an Easter egg.’”

He immediately called his wife to place the treasure in a safe place, away from his two young daughters before putting it up for auction, where it is expected to rake in about $10,000.

“I didn’t want the kids pulling it down or coloring on it,” joked Amos.

Heritage Auctions claims there are fewer than 10 factory-sealed copies in the possession of collectors.

“Kid Icarus is one of the hardest (Nintendo) titles to find in sealed condition,” said Valarie McLeckie, the video game consignment director at Heritage Auctions.

The game is based on Greek mythology, pitting hero Pit against evil Medusa who holds captive the Goddess of Light Palutena.

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