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Is NES Super Mario Worth This Absurd Price?

The NES Super Mario Bros just broke a world record for the “most ever paid for any video game” on July 10, 2020, and the going price is unbelievable. Looking to put your stimulus check to good use?

Collectors may pride their growing hoard of coveted items from their favorite series, but the dedication is high when asked to drop $100,000 to drop on the collector’s items. whether it be rare memorabilia, old games, et cetera; but I do understand there are people who can. That being said, would someone ever drop that much on a video game? No way! Some tend to be a bit more frugal with their money and feel fiscally uncomfortable buying games at $20 let alone the industry standard of $60.

Funnily enough, during Heritage Auctions’ Comics and Comic Art Event, someone felt truly the opposite of my financial leanings. There was an anonymous bid for a rare, unopened copy of NES Super Mario Bros. for a staggering $114,000 but that's not all. According to Heritage Auctions, the $114,000 Super Mario Bros. beat the previous record holder which was another copy of NES Super Mario Bros. (yes, the same game) that sold for $100,150 in February of 2019.

Heritage Auctions also mentioned that this version of the game was particularly rare because “it was part of one of the short production runs of the game packaged in boxes with a cardboard hang tab underneath the plastic, an indication that it was part of one of the first variants produced after Nintendo started using shrink-wrap to seal the games rather than stickers” and they also mentioned it was the highest grade copy of the game they had ever sold.

$114,000 is certainly a lot of capital to drop on a video game. There is no debate on the insanity of the going price. However, if someone wants to spend $114,000 on an NES Super Mario Bros. then more power to them. (Who am I to judge? I know, in the past, I’ve been guilty of buying brand new game systems just so I could play the newest Kingdom Hearts game.) From the prospective of a fanchise fan, how do you feel about it? Would you spend over $100,000 to play Super Mario Bros. or are you more like me now where you feel financially uneasy when considering buying a game discounted to $20? Let us know in the comments below!

By Nicholas James

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