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Rare, Sealed ‘Super Mario Bros. 3’ Variant Breaks Record For World’s Most Expensive Video Game

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A very special sealed copy of Super Mario Bros. 3 just raked in quite a sum of money during an auction. This led to the game bringing in $156k when the gavel dropped, making for a new record. You can get full details on the auction and what makes this game so special in the press release below.

For the second time in 2020, the Super Mario Bros. have set a world’s record for the highest price paid for a video game at auction.

Friday morning, Heritage Auctions sold a sealed copy of 1990’s Super Mario Bros. 3 for $156,000, shattering the previous record set in July when its 1985 predecessor Super Mario Bros. sold for $114,000.

The lot opened bidding at $62,500 – already an impressive sum for the game graded Wata 9.2 A+. But 20 bidders got in the game, sending the final price soaring toward the world record during what would become the world’s first-ever million-dollar video-game auction.

“We couldn't be more pleased about breaking the world record for the second time in the same year,” says Valarie McLeckie, Heritage Auctions’ Director of Video Games. “That said, it's no surprise that another Mario game, which so many of us grew up with, would set the new bar.”

While the condition of the game is remarkable, what makes this copy even more singular is the layout of the packaging itself: Exceedingly rare are sealed copies with the word “Bros.” formatted to the left, covering one of Mario’s signature white gloves. Collectors have spent years looking for such a version – the earliest in the Super Mario Bros. 3 production history – and usually come up empty-handed.

Until Friday.

The Dallas-based auction house did sell one sealed Wata 9.0 A copy of this variant in July – for the all-in price of $38,400. What a difference a slightly better grade, and four months, can make.

Super Mario Bros. 3 wasn’t the only record-setter in Friday’s video-game auction, the largest such sale ever held.

PUMA "Future Rider" NES-style sneakers release Dec. 4th, 2020

Now you're walking with power!

PUMA has been all about the Nintendo collabs this year, and they have one more special sneaker lined up for the end of the year.

PUMA "Future Rider" NES-style sneakers are due out Dec. 4th, 2020, and they pay tribute to the console that started it all for Nintendo. With an NES color scheme/design, a faux power button on the side, and a tongue featuring Super Mario Bros., these sneakers absolutely scream nostalgia for Nintendo fans. No word on pricing just yet, but no matter how much they are, expect them to go quickly.

5 Secret Retro-Styled Drawings in Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros.

Secret secret!

The Super Mario Bros. Game & Watch is hiding some super cool retro pieces of art...that are entirely new! We show how to access all 5 via sleep mode, including one that's a little more of a secret than the rest!

Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros. has a secret level select code

We'll level with you

Want to skip to World 8? There's a level select cheat code hiding in the Super Mario Bros Game & Watch that'll let you do just that!

Switch hits 68.30 million units sold, officially surpassing the NES

Another milestone hit

We knew this was going to happen, but now we have an official confirmation. Last fiscal report from Nintendo, the Switch had just missed out on surpassing the NES total install base, which sat at 61.91 million units worldwide. With tonight's financial report, Switch has blown past the NES, reaching 68.30 million units. As far as consoles go, the only one left to beat is the Wii, which sits at 101.63 million units sold. When it comes to portables, the next total to tackle is the 3DS, which amassed 75.94 million units sold.

Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros. Japanese commercial released

Give it a Game & Watch

Need another reminder of why you need the Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros.? Nintendo has released a Japanese commercial to promote the item, and it's looking gorgeous as ever. Give it a look above.

Ars Technica mini-doc takes a look How The NES conquered a skeptical America in 1985

Paving the way for future generations

The latest entry in Ars Technica's War Stories mini-doc series is all about the NES. The feature spotlights Gail Tilden, the visionary marketing mind behind Nintendo of America's triumphant launch of the NES in 1985. In a market that was super skeptical of home game consoles after the Atari crash, Gail helped pave the way for Nintendo's success. See how it all came together in the feature above.

Thanks to Daniel for the heads up!

Nintendo focuses on games featuring Boo as we head towards Halloween

Here's (not) looking at you, Boo!

I think it's safe to say there aren't any scary Mario games out there, but there are plenty of Mario games with ghosts! It all started with Boo, and Nintendo has put together a special feature chronicling some of the Boo-related games you can play on Switch right now. Check out their round-up below!

Wait, don’t be scared—we’re just talking about the character Boo! This spectacular specter has been (dis)appearing through Mario’s adventures since the Super Mario Bros.™ 3 game. While their look (and sizes) may have changed throughout the years, Boo’s roller-ghoster career has been conjured onto the Nintendo Switch™ system.

In honor of the ghostest with the mostest, we’ve gathered a few of the games where you can peek-a-Boo or two (or, at least find their fa-boo-lous kin—like King Boo!).

Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury (pre-order)
Super Mario 3D All-Stars
Paper Mario: The Origami King
Luigi's Mansion 3
Super Mario Maker 2
Mario Tennis Aces
New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe
Super Mario Party
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker
Super Mario Odyssey
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle
Nintendo Entertainment System – Nintendo Switch Online NES-NSO*
Super Nintendo Entertainment System – Nintendo Switch Online SNES-NSO*

Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light arrives on Switch Dec. 4th, 2020

For the first time ever!

Well here's a lovely surprise for Fire Emblem fans! Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light is making the trip outside of Japan, and is coming to Switch on Dec. 4th, 2020! This is a limited-time release, so don't wait too long to pick it up. Check out full details below!

Every legend has a beginning. Every hero has a point of departure. For the past 30 years, the critically acclaimed Fire Emblem series has captured the attention of players with its strategic and tactical gameplay, intriguing stories and striking characters. Now, the original 8-bit game, Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon & the Blade of Light, which featured the heroic exploits of Prince Marth and launched a decades-spanning franchise, will be available in the U.S. for the first time. On Dec. 4, the Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon & the Blade of Light game launches for the Nintendo Switch family of systems, available to purchase for a limited time. You can watch a trailer for the game here.

While North American players were first introduced to Marth as a fighter in the Super Smash Bros. series, the story of this bold and courageous prince actually begins in Japan’s first entry in the Fire Emblem franchise, Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon & the Blade of Light. The game’s new release for Nintendo Switch features its first English language localization, bringing to life the tactical RPG classic for a new generation of players. This release will also include features like rewind, fast-forward and save states, which allow burgeoning tacticians to approach the challenge at their own pace.

“The Fire Emblem series has grown into a saga enjoyed by fans for its strategic gameplay and memorable characters,” said Nick Chavez, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “With Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon & the Blade of Light, Nintendo Switch owners can now experience the game that started it all with enhanced features that make this timeless adventure available to everyone.”

Throughout Marth’s perilous journey, players can shape their armies to execute a range of strategies by carefully selecting from dozens of characters with unique attributes that can turn the tide of every battlefield skirmish. Will Marth be able to acquire the sacred Falchion sword on his epic expedition to restore peace to the Kingdom of Archanea? Lead a band of loyal followers on a continent-spanning quest for glory and victory, and reclaim the throne from the Shadow Dragon Medeus!

Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon & the Blade of Light launches in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch and on Nintendo.com on Dec. 4 at a price of $5.99 and will only be available to purchase until the end of the franchise’s 30th anniversary on March 31, 2021. For those who want to begin their adventure as soon as the game launches, pre-order is now available in Nintendo eShop.

In addition, Fire Emblem 30th Anniversary Edition will be available through select retailers at a suggested price of $49.99. This collector’s edition of the game will include a nostalgic, stylized physical NES box and a replica NES Game Pak art piece with a protective sleeve that transports owners to the era of the original game’s release. The collector’s edition also includes a colorful, 222-page Legacy of Archanea deluxe hardbound art book and a game download code. It will be accompanied by an NES instruction manual, newly localized from the original Famicom release, along with a fold-out world map and a Mini Nintendo Power retro collectible. With this rich package packed with exclusive items, fans can finally play the original Fire Emblem game as it was always intended: with power!

Super Mario Bros. 35 players are noticing slight differences in stages when compared to the original Super Mario Bros.

Who can solve this mystery?

Super Mario Bros. 35 aims to replicate the original Super Mario Bros., but with a focus on online multiplayer. By and large, Super Mario Bros. 35 looks and plays pretty much like the original. It's not 100% spot-on though, as fans have noticed a few changes in stages.

As you can see in the image above, World 6-1 has had a very minor change implemented. For whatever reason, a single block has been removed from a set up steps, and that pushes the entire stage down by one "line." No one has any idea why this change was made. Seems a bit odd to revamp this section ever so slightly. Was it a mistake in the building process, or is there a specific reason that block was removed?

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