The Super Mario Bros Are Getting Paid
Well, I guess Mario and Luigi aren’t the ones getting paid. But they brought a heavy payday to one happy gamer in the amount of $30,000. Yes, that is correct. An old, 8-bit video game fetched 30k on eBay. You think I’m lying? Look for yourself.
The average version of the 1985 Nintendo game goes for $10-$15. But this version of the popular video game is in its original wrapping AND has a rarity to it. So don’t get too excited and start digging through your closet expecting to make bank. Here is what makes it so rare according to Mashable:
So what made this one so valuable? Steimel said some knowledgeable collectors at the NintendoAge forum had the answer.
“They said the reason that game went for so much was because Mario was always sold in the system,” Steimel said. “You bought it with the system, it came in the box. This particular copy was from before that happened, before Nintendo decided to bundle them. They only did it for a short time.”
You can tell it’s a super-rare, super-early copy of Super Mario Bros. because of the hangtag on the back of the box, meaning it was meant to be sold on store racks, not bundled in with the NES.
Recap: Guy buys Nintendo game for $26.99. Sells it 32 years later for $30,100.44. You know what? I’m ignoring my own advice. I’m heading to the closet and seeing if I have a goldmine sitting around. Maybe I have a copy of Donkey Kong with a rare glitch like Mario murders the Princess for always making him work so hard to save her.