Sonic co-creator Yuji Naka was shocked that a copy of Sonic the Hedgehog from Sega Genesis in 1991 raised an astonishing $ 430,500 at the auction. In fact, so shocked that he saw the price of his iconic retro game and Naka went to Twitter and asked his followers if the winning bid was a scam.

September 19th Goldin Auction The final selling price of a copy of Sonic the Hedgehog’s Cotton A grade has been announced as the highest ever Genesis game record. While watching the announcement, he tweeted, “I thought it was time for Sonic to hit a high price,” and he seems to be hoping that his game will be so expensive. However, the author seemed unconvinced and asked his followers if he thought the 1991 Classic $ 500,000 price tag was a “scam.”

Naka’s hopes for the game’s auction price seem to have been fixed behind the news that a 1985 Super Mario Bros. factory-sealed copy was sold at the auction last month for a world record of $ 2 million. “I recently saw the news that Mario was selling at a high price, so I thought Sonic was also overpriced, but I’m sorry. I’m sorry,” Naka concluded in a tweet thread. It’s not clear why Naka believed this was a different situation than Mario’s sale.

Naka’s answer is full of skeptical views about Kurt’s rating. The cart was evaluated starting with a minimum bid price of $ 75,000 and received a total of 21 bids before reaching the final auction price. Much of that skepticism seems to surround Watagame’s involvement in the rating of sealed games.

Watagame has since faced controversy as the price of the retro game market has exploded in the last few years. Journalist Karl Jobst The company released a YouTube video suggesting that it was engaged in unethical practices to raise the price of retro games at auctions, but the claim was primarily related to an auction company different from Goldin. increase.While Wata Games denied the accusation (thank you) VGC), Many fans of the retrogaming community seem to be skeptical about the company.

In other related news, Yuji Naka recently announced that he left Square Enix earlier this year and then moved into the realm of indie games. Sonic’s co-creators have informed fans that they have recently begun working on a Unity solo project created for smartphones.

Jared Moore is a freelance writer for IGN.You can follow him twitter..