Don’t tell Sonic, because that money is going to buy a whole lot of gold rings.
For anyone who turns their nose up at having to pay £60 for a game nowadays, or more than £100 for a special or deluxe edition (don’t forget, by the way, that video games back in the dizzay were WAY more expensive, and VHS tapes when VHS was new sold for as much as £70-£80. I know!) prepare to feel like you’ve gotten a better deal when you look at this story!
That’s right, a single, sealed copy of Super Mario Bros. has just been auctioned off for thousands of dollars.
The original copy of the NES game, which was released 32 years ago in 1985, started bidding at just one cent, but eventually the game was sold on eBay for the grand total of $30,100.44, which is around £23,000 in pound sterling.
Now THAT’S a bidding war!
Including virtual console sales and ports to other consoles and everything else, Super Mario Bros. has sold more than 40 million copies.
To put that into some sort of context, if the game was an album, it would be the second best selling album of all time, and it would be beaten only by Michael Jackson’s thriller in first place and it would beat AC/DC’s Back in Black into third place.
I know it’s not the same, but it’s just another way of saying that Mario has made the guys at Nintendo very, very wealthy over the years.
Nintendo also often bundled the game in with the NES console, making the game cartridge itself a relatively common item, but this particular copy is special.
A professional eBay seller based in Pennsylvania, DKOldies, was offering a mint condition, sealed copy of the game from one of its very first production runs. He estimated that there were only about a dozen of likewise copies in the world, making this particular cartridge extremely valuable to someone who either has too much money or is going to have to sell their house.
Kotaku, a leading video game website, spoke to the seller directly, who said that he couldn’t remember exactly how the copy came into his possession, but that it was traded with a collection years ago.
See, this is why I cannot stress enough the importance of going to car-boot sales!
The games had been sitting in his office for years, and he finally decided to part ways with all of it. Supposedly, the same buyer of the now-famous £23k copy of Super Mario Bros. also purchased a mint-condition copy of Kid Icarus for $11,000, which is around £8,400.
So yeah, too much money.
So, boys and girls, what is the lesson to be learned from this tale? Have a look through your closets, basements, lofts and wardrobes, go to car-boot sales, jumble sales, swap meets and flea markets, because you never know, you might stumble across a sealed retro game such as this.
And if you do venture out, good luck, because you might come across a golden ticket like this, being sold by a person who does not know how valuable it is.