Update: The auction ended at a staggering $660,000.
Original Story [Thu 25th Mar, 2021 16:45 GMT]: Remember last year, when we reported that a sealed copy ofSuper Mario Bros. on the NES sold for an eye-watering $114,000 at auction? Well, there's another copy being auctioned at the moment which currently stands at $310,000 – and it still has seven days remaining before the auction closes.
Assuming that the price rises in the next few days, there's a very real chance that a copy of one of the most common NES games will become the most expensive video game collectable of all time, surpassing even the Nintendo PlayStation – of which there is currently only one known unit on the open market.
For the sake of comparison, there are 40.24 million copies of Super Mario Bros. in the world (not including the re-releases).
Like the one which sold for $114,000, this edition has a cardboard hang tab, but is a later production run. Here's what makes it so special:
Not only is this the finest plastic-sealed copy with a perforated cardboard hangtab we’ve ever offered of any black box title, it is also the oldest sealed copy of Super Mario Bros.we’ve ever had the opportunity to offer. This is only the fourth version of Super Mario Bros. ever produced, and its window of production was remarkably short. Just to paint a better picture of how short this really was — the nationwide release for the console came in mid to late 1986, and black box games distributed for that release did not have the “Game Pak NES-GP” code. It’s worth mentioning that Nintendo managed to add the trademark symbol to the Nintendo Entertainment System on their game boxes by the beginning of 1987. That certainly doesn’t leave much time at all for this variant to be produced in-between the two!
More expensive than a charizard card? Wow
Imagine paying that much for Super Mario Bros, and it doesn't even come with Duck Hunt!
If I could only speak to my seven-year-old self and just have a quick word and tell him not to pull that seal and wait til 2021...
For this particular item to be that valuable, this is most likely one of the very first NES products to have been produced for retail, marking Nintendo's entry into the US video games market.
Could get a copy of NSMBUD for $60. It's got better graphics, new power-ups, character options, save features.
If I ever win the lottery I'm going to buy this and play it
I should note that EVIL Nintendo stopped manufacturing this game more than 30 years ago. And now we have to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars for it. The process begins again on March 31.
Someone needs to tell the bidder they can play this on Switch Online for a lot less.
Auction should end on march 31.
@1ofUs Depends on the Charizard card in question, some are actually REALLY cheap lol.
@superderper I actually have a sealed copy of Kid Icarus (NES) somewhere, is it worth anything spectacular? xP
@Purgatorium this is more for a collector's shelf. They're not likely to open up this game, but they may resell it down the road for other collector's to grab.
How do you know its legit?
So all I need to do is make some plastic?
I have a Metroid prime trilogy sealed, any idea as to how much could be worth? 🤔
@EriXz Well I sold a sealed copy a few years ago for £80. Seriously, keep it!
@Purgatorium too bad NSMBUD is pretty mediocre for a mario game.
Did anyone ask Zion to authenticate it? (Sorry, this is a reference to a recent tragedy)
Better make sure to sell the copy by March 31st, since that's when all Mario products are executed.
Seems like a lot of money.
To quote Pat the NES Punk,
@EriXz keep it for 20 or 25 years, and then sell it (if you want to).
As someone who actually plays retro games, this stuff annoys me. I don't care about a sealed Mario, I care that other games I and others want to buy and play are having their values inflated because now everyone is buying up old games in the hopes they'll get in on this. I recommended Bucky O'Hare to a friend, they laughed and said it goes for over a hundred dollars loose now. A bunch of rich trouserstains are using video games as their money making playground the same way they did with comics and it's annoying as hell.
I always found sealed game collecting to be an odd niche for wealthy collectors. It's like to me the entire appeal of collecting video games is being able to play them, how they are something that can be actively enjoyed and experienced. When it's sealed like this you are treating them like faberge eggs, they are no longer something you can really enjoy outside of simply looking at it on a shelf or in a glass case. Seems to defeat the purpose of video game collecting in my opinion. I think people just buy this kinda stuff when they have more money than they know what to do with.
@Curbie Actually most people like myself who collect sealed games do "actually" play them too with either an opened copy or through emulation. I like many people have many ways to play Super Maro Bros. 1 ..it can mean much more than you think to keep the memory of it sealed. In saying that i would never be able or want to pay 300 thousand for any game
@MarcusIsCool that's what I was thinking, I have two actually one opened and the one sealed, thnx for the advice!!
@Lukeim64 I think I will, thanks!!
Collecting things is a mental illness.
@Curbie The comic book speculation crashed pretty hard.
@Eel i can't even believe this game that sold so many copies and is very common is worth souch now, this is crazy!
@huyi at this point, I'm sure it's actually the box and the paper inside it what's valuable here
@Eel or paying that much for it, and it doesn't come with duck hunt and world class track meet!
@GrailUK Absolute Sparta, actually.
@TowaHerschel7 You mean for NES? Depending on its condition and print run, a sealed Kid Icarus is going for between $200-$32,000. Get that thing appraised and in a sealed container, quickly.
@BloodNinja lol. Costing a tad more than 300 I fear hehe.
Well who ever’s paying that for a old mario games about to get ripped off, wouldn't even pay £5 for that game (beside for it value obvs)
This is beyond silly... People really do have more money than sense...
I hope some of my sealed games I've collected over the years get me that many gold coins one day.
Hey, I love games as much as the next man, maybe even more, but this is just dumb.
No, that statement is not up for debate.
"As someone who actually plays retro games, this stuff annoys me. I don't care about a sealed Mario, I care that other games I and others want to buy and play are having their values inflated because now everyone is buying up old games in the hopes they'll get in on this. I recommended Bucky O'Hare to a friend, they laughed and said it goes for over a hundred dollars loose now. A bunch of rich trouserstains are using video games as their money making playground the same way they did with comics and it's annoying as hell."
This right here ^^^
Especially once you start talking these prices, you know this was done by a bunch of speculative *ss-hats trying to artificially inflate a market to do little more than make easy money off auction fees and the like from a bunch of either gullible morons or people with far too much money and not enough sense.
And that is why this is so wrong.
What if this was just the display copy and there’s no game or pamphlet inside? (Did these even come with books, can’t remember at all)
@Pirate1 It was most likely weighed to confirm the contents when it was graded.
People really will waste money on anything. Just when I think I've seen em all something dumber happens.
I know those guys who owned the Nintendo/Playstation are upset for turning down that million dollar offer they were given. Ouch...
@Curbie ha ha I traded the Animal Crossing Villager Amiibo for a copy of Bucky O' Hare at a local game convention years ago and the guy took it.
$660,000? Dang that's enough for two moderately sized homes...
I recently watched an episode of Pawn Stars were a guy had a copy of super mario bros in pristine condition , he claimed it was one of the first ones produced and wanted one million dollars!
This really is stupid, can you imagine what you could do with 600k? Smdh
@matdub it's hoarding, that is what it is, what is the point of collecting if you are not going to play them?
@Tourtus or a nice car..
Complete waste of money
I mean, this is kind of cool, but its SMB1...
Not to mention, in the sealed case, never to be opened unless it loses its supposed value... someone paid $660000 for what practically amounts to a paperweight in its present state.
So I would assume the seller can treat us all to pizza right?
Supposed to be a rare, early version of the game. Not many sealed or graded collectors care about what's inside the plastic. It's just an investment, maybe not the wisest one long term. And if you are a collector and want even a CIB box good luck getting it for a fair price. Sad.
Collusion from Heritage and WATA games. Thanks for ruining the hobby of collecting physical NES games.
@Curbie Agreed. We are in a time of change in our gaming industry and its getting sad.
What does it say about a society in which an object obtains tremendous value simply due to the fact it has never been opened. And in order for it to retain value, whomever buys it at that price must never open it, thus giving it no utility or purpose other than to represent currency. While currency already represented currency.
OTOH, if we add up all the times we've rebought this game, we all know we've paid twice this, already.
@ottospooky I imagine most seven year olds couldn't even contemplate 2021. I would laughed at the idea of waiting til 2021. Then I would've cried if my parents made me.
$660,000 yet it's no more special or valuable then the copy many of us already own, if anything it is less valuable as in 35 years it has no memories attached to it. No child has ever been excited opening a present to find this in there, Mario has never saved the Princess, he's not visited the wrong castle, never found a secret warp pipe and not even been killed by that first Goomba.
Such a sad world we live in where an unbroken cellophane wrapper is more valuable to some, to the tune of over half a million dollars, then letting at least one person have fun playing a game
I'm suprised nobody in the comments are calling out the seller as a "scalper" or calling out Nintendo's "anti-consumer" practices of not producing enough of this game for everyone to get a new, sealed copy.
And this is different to a Mario 35th anniversary scalper because... Why exactly?!
More time has passed. The volume available is lower. It's all just supply and demand. Its all just capitalism.
Don't know how to get this to a NL staff member, so let's do it.
There's a way to Play Super Mario Bros. 35. When you boot up the game, go to 35-player battle. Before the "These online services are now unavailable" Message, turn the switch off. When you turn it on again, play, rinse, repeat! Simple!
You know the timeline is weird when a one-of-a-kind, literal timeline-shaking console sells for less than a pristine copy of the most common NES game. @[email protected]
@carlos82 Or just where people rather spent that amount of money on a thing to never ever touch, hardly look at due to fear of lowering its "value", while others could get a house, food for years, ... You know, basic (human) rights.
I think I'm going to start selling sealed copies NEVER EVEN LOOKED AT OR TOUCHED. You can't validate whether yu really have it or not, because that would destroy its value. Something like "the emperor's new clothes".
Maybe take it even further in that direction: it's invisible to any non-hardcore gamer / collector. "But you do see it, right? Or aren't you a REAL hardcore gamer / collector?"
"B-but of course I am...Yes, I see it, it's right over there! Right? It's beautiful. This will be my collector's pride and joy! I'll gladly pay with a debt on my firstborn and their firstborn, for four generations. Great investment, great heritage."
So how much is my opened and well used copy worth. There might be some dried spit in it due to dust blowing.....
If I didn't already know that an old baseball card from a pack of cigarettes sold for over $2M, this might surprise me. It's amazing to me what people will spend crazy amounts of money on, and that's even before taxes.
@Purgatorium The games content isnt the point of the purchase here...
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