Only Eight Copies Of The Gold Mega Man 4 Cartridge Exist, And It’s Worth A Fortune

By Sato . August 13, 2014 . 5:02pm

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Mega Man 4, or Rockman 4 in Japan, has been out for almost 23 years now, but not many people know about the existence of its super-rare golden cartridge that was given away in very limited quantities. Inside Games shared its story, which was recently featured on a Japanese TV show.

 

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The game was featured on the TV show, Kaiun! Nandemo Kanteidan (which more or less translates to “Good Luck! The All-Appraisal Group”), which has been airing for about 20 years now.

 

The premise of the show is about a group of professionals who appraise all kinds of different objects presented by various people, from celebrities to local farmers.

 

In the latest episode of the show that aired on August 12th, a famous illustrator by the name Yoshitaka Enomoto was featured as a guest. While he is known as an illustrator, manga artist, and painter, his most prized possession is the golden Mega Man 4 cartridge, which is something he’s had since he was a young boy.

 

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Back in 1991 when Enomoto was still in middle school, he entered a contest held by Capcom to design a boss character. Out of about 70,000 entries, his design for “Pearlman” was chosen for the eight bosses to be featured in the game, which ended up being the “Brightman” Mega Man fans all know today.

 

After winning the contest, he and the seven other artists were awarded special golden cartridges for Mega Man 4. These copies were never reproduced, and were considered quite the collector’s item at the time.

 

20 years later, Enomoto decided to find out how much the cartridge would be worth today through the TV Tokyo program. Contestants in the show start out with their own figures before the appraisal, which Enomoto went with a humble 78,000 yen ($761).

 

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As it turns out, the team of appraisers started out by saying that the regular copy of Mega Man 4 would have the value of 700 yen ($6.85) but since Enomoto’s was such a rare copy, they decided to give it a whopping 400,000 yen’s value (about $3,900).

 

The report doesn’t mention whether Enomoto decided he’d like to sell the cartridge or not, but given its sentimental value from his earlier days as an artist, it’s safe to assume that it’s being kept nice and cozy by the original Brightman designer.


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  • ZEROthefirst

    I know it’s just a typo but my inner Mega Man fanboy is screaming it’s 23 years not 13.

    • 하세요

      I knew something was off.

    • Sato

      Oh what the, yeah, I’ll have that fixed for you Mega Man fanboys, thanks!

  • http://shadious.tumblr.com/ Vince

    Golden Blue. Truly a treasure.

  • Shippoyasha

    I absolutely loved MM4. Probably my fave of the originals. That melancholic feel with the music. That classic Soviet Russia theme to the game. Dr Cossack. Kalinka.

    It was beautiful.

  • Zalin

    it’s even more rare then the famed NWC gold cartridge and yet not as much. That’s an injustice Megaman is way better then that piece of trash NWC bleh! Poor megaman. T.T

    • Tatsuya1221

      It has to do with the content of the cart probably, NWC was never meant to be played outside of the one time it was used, the MM4 cartridge is, while rare, still a game you can get in a grey cart.

      That said i agree with you that in actual usable worth, MM4 should be worth more, but in the realm of collectables, it doesn’t work out like that always.

  • NeptuniasBeard

    Enomoto owns one, and Seto Kaiba owns the other 7.

    • Slickyslacker

      The pieces of the Capcomian Puzzle shall forever be scattered.

    • Shippoyasha

      What kind of evil are these Horcruxes sealing?

  • Go2hell66

    and here i am trying to get a copy of megaman legends 1&2, can’t find one for less than $100

    • DrakeClawfang

      Download an eboot and play them on PSP :p

    • http://hatintime.com/ ShadowFang

      Mega Man 64 (the N64 version of Legends) is usually cheaper than the PSX game. And as for MML2, used copies can be had for less than $100. Are you going exclusively for new ones?

      Also, no love for Misadventures of Tron Bonne? tsk, tsk.

    • mckun

      What? Too bad I don’t have my old copies of the game.

  • http://youtube.com/kuyamagix iKen

    Damn, and here I thought the Zelda cardtridges were the only one exclusive with a Gold casing….

    Good luck to those hunters outthere, hehe :P

  • NRool

    I actually know somebody who owns one of these, how it ended up in England I don’t know, but it’s the real deal, and it’s as glorious as it sounds.

  • Ace Trainer Chris

    Worth pointing out that one of the others who own the game may be Yusuke Murata, the creator of EyeShield 21 and the artist for the Weekly Young Jump edition of One-Punch Man. The reason being that he designed Dust Man around the time he was 13 (he even went on to creating Crystal Man for Mega Man 5).

    I believe a copy also made an appearance at a game shop during one of Arino’s game shop/game center visits in an episode of GameCenter CX.

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