Remember when a sealed copy of a super rare sticker Super Mario Bros. on NES sold for $ 100,150 USD last February? Well, another copy of the exact same game (in a similar condition) has now broken this record – going for the sum of $ 114,000 USD (this is roughly equivalent to £ 90,000). This makes this particular copy the file most expensive video game never sold it.
Why did this retail version in the United States go exactly more, you ask? Aside from its sealed state and 9.4 out of 10, everything has to do with cardboard panels. Heritage Auctions explains the charm and history of these variants below the list:
What’s the problem with cardboard hangtabs? one can understandably wonder.
Cardboard hangtabs were originally used in copies of the US test market on black box games, before plastic was used to seal each game. As Nintendo started to establish their company in the United States, their packaging was updated almost continuously. Oddly, the addition of the plastic wrap came before the box̵7;s cutting nut was modified to remove the cardboard backing. This made the functionality of the cardboard stand completely useless, as it was under the plastic seal.
There are four sub-variants of the sticky cardboard box made of sealed plastic (this particular copy of Super Mario Bros. is the “3 Code” variant) that have been produced within a year. Each sub-variant of the hanging black cardboard box produced in that time span had a production period of a few months; a drop in the bucket compared to the overall production run of the title.
In short, a cardboard copy of any old Nintendo Entertainment System game brings a certain “vintage” air unrivaled to its successors.
Part of the interest is also the fact that it is a copy of Super Mario Bros. – an iconic 1985 game that has sold over 40 million copies worldwide and appears to be the best selling NES game of all time. The winner of this last auction wishes to remain anonymous – we cross our fingers and will go to a collector’s house.
If you want to revisit the original Super Mario Bros. version, but don’t feel like shelling out 100k or don’t have access to an original copy of the game, the good news is playable on Nintendo’s Switch Online subscription service.