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Finding a sealed copy of Super Mario Bros. 3 for the NES is a feat in itself, and one graded Wata 9.2 A+ even less likely. This variant, with “Bros.” formatted to the left on the front of the box (on top of Mario’s glove), just might be the rarest of them all. That is why when one of them popped up on Heritage Auctions, collectors quickly bid up the price to over $100,000, and in the end, this pristine copy sold for a whopping $156,000. Read more for two videos and additional information.
During its launch, the game sold an incredible 250,000 copies in its first two days of release, and by 1993, the game had sold 7 million unbundled units in the United States alone. If you’ve never played this game, it’s also available on other Nintendo consoles. For example, it was included in the 1993 Super NES game Super Mario All-Stars, a compilation of remakes of NES Super Mario games featuring updated graphics and sound as well as on Game Boy Advance (Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3).
- Fans can begin exploring the fun-packed LEGO Super Mario universe with this Adventures with Mario Starter Course 71360, featuring 7 action bricks for different interactions with the LEGO Mario figure
- LEGO Mario has a color sensor, plus LCD screens in his eyes, mouth and belly to display over 100 different instant reactions to movement; Also included is a speaker that plays iconic sounds and music from the video game
- In this super toy playset, LEGO Mario collects virtual coins as he runs and jumps from the Start Pipe to the Goal Pole via LEGO bricks, cloud platforms, the Question Mark Block and clashes with the Goomba figure and Bowser Jr
- This 231-piece, collectible LEGO toy playset makes a cool birthday or holiday gift for kids aged 6+ who can build and play their own way and learn to solve problems while having lots of creative fun
- Rearrange the Starter Course and combine with LEGO Super Mario Expansion Sets to create more challenging levels and games to play with and against friends
For perspective, we have only offered one sealed Wata 9.0 A copy of this variant prior to this sale, and it sold for an all-in price of $38,400 in our July 2020 Signature Auction. This copy is about to drop some jaws! Previously unknown to the collecting community, and a high grade to boot. There are no significant marks that detract from its overall eye appeal. Please note, the scuffing around the “3” on the box is on the Wata blister inside the case and is not reflective of the actual condition of the game box or its seal,” said Heritage Auctions.
- Kids can build another exciting level to add to their LEGO Super Mario Adventures with Mario Starter Course and compete against friends with this Guarded Fortress Expansion Set 71362
- The player must choose their own route for LEGO Mario (figure not included), defeating either the Bob-omb, Koopa Troopa or Piranha Plant toy figures, before landing on the POW Block to open the fortress door
- To reach the fortress and win digital coins, LEGO Mario may need to use the catapult, leap over brick-built lava or across stepping stones in ‘water’, and he reacts in different ways as he meets and defeats each enemy
- This 468-piece, collectible, creative LEGO toy makes a fun birthday or holiday gift for kids aged 8 and up to add to their Adventures with Mario Starter Course 71360, inspiring them to build their own unique levels
- This module measures over 7” (18.5cm) high, 14.5” (38cm) wide and 12.5” (32cm) deep in its basic formation and can be rebuilt and combined with the Starter Course and other Expansion Sets in multiple ways