The game is considered extremely valuable due to its rarity and relative prominence for a rare game. 90 gray cartridges were given to the participants in the Nintendo World Championships, and 26 gold cartridges were given to the winners of a Nintendo Power giveaway.
The Championship Mode in NES Remix is a composite of this game and Nintendo Campus Challenge 1991, replacing the Rad Racer and Tetris challenges of the former with the latter's Super Mario Bros. 3 and Dr. Mario challenges.
This game contains examples of:
- Compilation Rerelease: This game contains three NES games- however, they're only playable as far as being able to complete the competition challenges.
- End Game Results Screen: The game ends by tallying your individual scores to give your final results. It's justified due to its original use in a competition.
- Golden Snitch: The Tetris section is worth the most of any of the three sections. Super Mario Bros. imposes a x1 multiplier, Rad Racer uses x10, but Tetris provides x25, on top of lasting until the time runs out. Therefore basic strategy is to complete the Super Mario Bros. and Rad Racer sections in order to maximize the amount of remaining time for Tetris.
- MacGuffin: The gold cartridges that were offered as prizes for the Nintendo Power promotion serve as real life examples. Not all of them are accounted for.
- No Plot? No Problem!: Tetris does not have a plot, but it doesn't need one.
- Promotional Powerless Piece of Garbage: The cartridge as a whole is somewhat famous for this: despite its status as one of the rarest and most expensive games of all time, there's really very little value to it as an actual game. All three of the involved games are pretty common, and can be picked up for a song in any retro-gaming outlet or one of the many Compilation Rereleases they've gotten over the years. Pretty much the only somewhat unique trait to the game is the Scoring Points and timer aspects; other than that, it's strictly useful for its historical value.
- Save the Princess: Super Mario Bros. is famous for this trope. However, given that your goal is to simply collect 50 coins, you probably won't end up doing so.
- Scoring Points
- Timed Mission: 6 minutes and 21 seconds in the official competition. note The cartridge dip switch settings allow you to change the time allotted, from 5 minutes to 9 minutes and 42 seconds.