Ep 47 - Weta and Heritage Auctions controversy, WarioWare Retrospective

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RetroLogic - Episode 47

This week we've got a special guest Seth from the All N Podcast with us to talk about…

Today we'll be chatting about …

  • The Weta/Heritage Auction situation
  • WarioWare

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ALL N - A Nintendo Podcast

Icebreaker - what did you buy? And what did you play?

Seth: BOUGHT: Shantae LRG CE, WarioWare Touched, Major Minor’s Majestic March. PLAYED: No More Heroes 3, Spelunky 2.

Sam: Bought: Dan’s extra copy of General Chaos (trade).Played: Beat NEO TWEWY, Master ranked Pokemon Unite, Castle of Illusion, Penguin Land, Claymates. Warioware Get it Together Demo

John:

Dan: Sega Genesis Classics on X360 (Golden Axe Warrior), Metroid Zero Mission

The price is RETRO

John’s list

Dan’s list

Sam’s list

Seth’s list

ChrisHL94’s list

Weekly Topics

Old News

Weta/Heritage Auction - fraudVideo by Karl Jobst on Youtube.“Exposing fraud and deception in the video game market”Story:In 2017 - Sealed Super Mario Bros NES sells for $30K.

In 2019 - Sealed Super Mario Bros NES sells for $100K.In 2020 - “Rally” a fractional share company bought the game for $140KIn 2021 - The exact same game sells for $2 million.

- Weta Games is a rating company, that will give your collectable games a grade based on condition, and seal the game in hard plastic to preserve it. Theoretically, the higher the “grade” given by the company, the more valuable it will be. These companies take a percentage of the projected value of the game it’s rating as a fee.

- Heritage Auctions is the auction website where all of the “record breaking” video game sales are taking place. ALL of them. And they charge a 20% buyers premium on every sale. So if you actually bought a game for $1mil, you’d owe the auction house $200K. Plus they taker 5% from the seller.

So if these 2 companies were in any way connected, it would be a massive conflict of interest.VGA has been grading games since 2008 and they didn’t have this kind of impact on the market. Because they didn’t manipulate the market.The ONLY reason Wata had this impact is because of it’s games being sold for millions at Heritage Auctions. And Heritage Auctions ONLY sells video games rates by Wata.The Founder of Wata Games is Deniz Kahn- He is quoted in a press release “Wata certified games have been selling at record prices ever since Heritage started selling them”- Deniz appeared on the show ‘Pawn Stars’ many times overvaluing the price of his sealed games.- Deniz on multiple occasions (articles, press releases) pumping up the value of SPECIFICALLY Wata rated games.The Founder of Heritage Auctions is Jim Halperin.- Jim is listed on the Wata website as an advisor. And is an investor in the company.- Jim is one of the purchasers of the Sealed SMB game for $100K. Purchased from Heritage Auctions.“So what you have here is the chairman of the auction house buying a game for a record price, and then creating a press release about his own purchase, in which himself, and the president of the grading company are stating that the value of games is going up”- And the press ate it up.

Who is buying the games?- The identities of these huge sales are kept secret.- Heritage auctions never tell you who the buyers are, or even if money was exchanged at all.

Eric Niaman:

  • Dentist called “worlds most avid video game collector” by articles.
  • He started collecting in 2019.
  • Articles falsely stating that Eric bought the games, but he wasn’t using his own money. It was a trust fund.

“It’s not collectors that are buying any of these games. It’s purely people with a lot of money, trying to scam other people out of theirs, by manufacturing a bubble that otherwise shouldn’t exist.”

It gets deep:- Multiple accounts of shill bidding (fake bids to drive up prices)

- Employees confessing to manipulation of the market by posting and buying their own item for higher and higher prices. If there’s “sales data” then people will believe it.- Proof of Wata fraud related to the “Carolina Collection” - According to an SCC filing, the purchaser of this collection, who also had the collection rated by Wata and sold much of it through Heritage, is a director at Wata. HUGH conflict of interest. (Jeff Meyer)- Proof of wild inconsistencies in Wata’s game ratings. (re-grading)

- Jim Halperin involved in the 80s coin bubble. He was found guilty of intentionally mis-rating coins, and was fined $2mil.

What can we do?Call for Wata to release a ‘Population Report’ to tell us how many of what games they have rated. Wata has not released this info.Tell them to release the population report:www.watagames.com/contact-usAftermath Discussion.

  • Who is affected?

Break

Game Highlight

WarioWare - Retrospective

WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgames! - GBA, GameCube

JP: March 21, 2003

NA: May 26, 2003

WarioWare: Twisted! - GBA

JP: October 14, 2004

NA: May 23, 2005

WarioWare: Touched! - DS

JP: December 2, 2004

NA: February 14, 2005

WarioWare: Smooth Moves - Wii

JP: December 2, 2006

NA: January 15, 2007

WarioWare: Snapped! - DSiWare

JP: December 24, 2008

NA: April 5, 2009

WarioWare D.I.Y. - DS, Wiiware

JP: April 29, 2009

NA: March 28, 2010

Game & Wario - Wii U

JP: March 28, 2013

NA: June 23, 2013

WarioWare Gold - 3DS

JP: August 2, 2018

NA: August 3, 2018

WarioWare: Get It Together! - Switch

September 10, 2021

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Outro

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