Never in the world would I have imagined one day video games would become collectibles, much less appreciate in value, when I started gaming three decades ago, but here we are, reading about how a sealed copy of Super Mario Bros was sold for a stratospheric amount of $100,150. That right there is a six figure sum. No typo or whatsoever. And mind you, folks, that was for a copy of video game that’s of a grand old age of 30 something. Imagine that!
“Due to its popularity, Nintendo reprinted Super Mario Bros. from 1985 to 1994 numerous times, resulting in 11 different box variations (according to this visual guide). The first two variations are “sticker sealed” copies that were only available in the New York and L.A. test market launch of the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) in 1985 and 1986.”
Now, this is not the only copy of Super Mario Bros was circulated in 1985 to 1986. There are a few circulating around, but this is the only known “sticker sealed” copy and in condition that is so pristine that it was certified by Wata Games with a Near Mint grade of 9.4 and a “Seal Rating” of A++. Well, you know what? I never cease to be amazed by some people who have the foresight to imagine the value of something, especially items are mostly considered as child’s play. Like, if I were to own a copy of the said video game, I would have ripped it out of its box and start playing the game. I would never had thought to keep it sealed. The same goes for toys.
Images: Wata Games.
Source: Boing Boing.