My youngest son Kevin is, without hyperbole, a genius. When he gets his hands into something, he doesn’t let go until he knows everything about the subject. Especially when he is talking video games. He goes on the web and finds every nook and cranny about a game, and reads everything he can about it.
Ironically, he told me about this impending story a few weeks ago.
An unopened copy of the oldest sealed hangtab Super Mario Bros. smashed the previous record (a pathetic $114,000) for the most ever paid for a video game when it sold at auction last Friday for $660,000.
The classic Nintendo video game was purchased in late 1986 as a Christmas gift, but ended up being placed inside a desk drawer, where it remained untouched for 35 years, before being discovered earlier this year.
“It stayed in the bottom of my office desk this whole time since the day I bought it,” said the seller, who asked not to be identified. “I never thought anything about it.”
$660,000 for an unopened – and I assume, working – Super Mario Bros. game. Wow, I really need to start buying things and burying them in my backyard.