NOTE: The following piece is a work of satire.

Talk about a financial blunder! A first-run, mint-condition sealed copy of the original Super Mario Bros. has gone for a record breaking $100,150 USD at an auction, which is the first six-figure price for a single collectible video game.

But the schmoes who bought this apparently aren’t aware that you can buy the same game on the Wii U or 3DS eShops for only five dollars! What rubes!

The sealed Mario box is described as “possibly one of the most significant video gaming items historically” by Deniz Khan of Wata Games (a body that authenticates gaming collectibles), who apparently doesn’t realize you can buy a slightly-worse-for-wear version of the same cartridge from your local used game store for maybe $50 USD tops.

Super Mario Bros NES Cartridge in Plastic Container

The person selling the game — who wishes to remain anonymous — has been on the record as stating he would never sell the cartridge for less than six figures, blissfully unaware of how you can play Super Mario Bros. on Nintendo Switch Online’s NES service for only $20 USD a year.

It’s amazing anybody would ever take him up on such a blatant price inflation, honestly.

Other high-priced NES games like Stadium Events are prized for their rarity, but this Mario box shows a trend more towards the value of collectible comics, cars, and coins in their first-print run rarity, though in those cases you can’t just download a frickin’ ROM online and play the game for absolutely free if you really want to (note: Nintendo Wire does not condone piracy; we are merely acknowledging its existence).

We’re sure to see more record-breaking auctions in the future due to the actions of suckers who don’t realize that they could probably find the same game at a garage sale or something.


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Written by Ben Fruzzetti

Gamer, writer and devourer of pasta. Whenever not letting his daydreams run out of control, he can be found writing for Nintendo Wire, playing old JRPGs, or reading sci-fi and fantasy novels and comics.

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  1. Brian A says:

    This is such a trash article. Does the writer not realize what collectible means? Sure, the price is outrageously high, but the arguments made by the writer are shallow and idiotic. Arguing that you can pick up the game on and eshop or at a garage sale made zero sense. The people who bought this game obviously didn’t buy it to play.

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  2. DonSerrot
    DonSerrot says:

    This article is going to make a lot of people very upset with how long the terrible joke was dragged out and beaten to death. It would have been forgivable if it was just one line followed by a “seriously though” instead of wasting 2/3rds of the article bashing collectors. This tastes like it’s supposed to be satire, but the writer holds to the joke so hard that I’m almost not sure if it actually is or not. I predict the comments will be more about how poorly this was written instead of about the topic itself.

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  3. Bokoblin says:

    You’re missing the point. Collectors don’t buy things like this to use them. They buy them because either they’ll appreciate in value, or they derive some sentimental or even ego-boosting value in owning such a rarity (this isn’t just any copy, either — it was a limited/rare print).

    Think before you write.

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  4. DoYourResearch says:

    This is so far off the mark.

    This is insanely rare given its a test market game that is still sealed.

    and the bigger story here (IMO) are the people that bought it. Most (maybe all) have something to gain from the PR / publicity.

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  5. MH4 says:

    This is the most comments I’ve ever seen on this website, haha. A lovely bit of satire.

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  6. John Davis says:

    I agree with the last person who said this is a stupid article, written by a novice ‘gamer’ whom isn’t even a real gamer and also doesn’t understand the whole concept of collectibles. That’s just like me saying ‘oh I can download mario and get an emulator and it’s a good as the real thing’. Sure, maybe I could do that but it’s not the same. The nostalgia factor just isn’t there unless you are playing it the way it was originally intended.

    To whomever wrote this, just give up writing. It’s clearly not your forte.

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  7. Henry Ford says:

    The only ‘Schmuck’ in this scenario is the big mongoloid writing this article.

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