'Early Copy' Of Super Mario Party Sells For $7,100 On Ebay
A lucky traveller managed to snag himself a small fortune after stumbling upon an apparent copy of Super Mario Party for the Nintendo Switch - which doesn't release until 5 October.
He proceeded to list the Mario cartridge on eBay and, as you'd expect, it attracted interest from numerous bidders. In the end, the listing finished at a whopping $7,100 [via NintendoLife].
Fair enough to whoever won the game, they've got more money than me, but couldn't they wait just 10 days? They would have saved themselves around $7,050, no calculator needed.
This leads me to wonder who could have bought it. Perhaps it was a mega rich Super Mario fan boy, or maybe it was Nintendo itself attempting to retrieve the game before someone leaked a full playthrough.
Either way, the cartridge was in pretty bad shape and probably got stood on quite a lot, so they must have more money than sense - but I guess this was apparent from the start.
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And for those who think it's fake, here's some evidence to sway you otherwise: The eBay seller posted various videos of them playing the game, in which his thumbstick movement seems to replicate what happens on screen.
Plus, the listing says the seller is located in Seattle, Washington, a stones throw away from Nintendo America's Redmond HQ. Coincidence? I think not. But, to be honest, something does feel a little fishy about it, including the fact that you can no longer see the eBay listing.
Most times you can revisit an old bid to see how it ended up, but not this time. It's been wiped from the site. This must mean either the seller deleted the item or eBay removed it, for whatever reason (fake).
Thinking about it, selling an unreleased game probably breaks a load of eBay rules. Nice try, bud.
If you found the cartridge, would you have sold it? Played it? Left it there? Let us know.
Super Mario Party releases on 5 October for Nintendo Switch.
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