An early copy of Super Mario Party was sold on eBay for $7,100, and we have absolutely no idea why someone would pay that amount so close to the release date.
We get it: there’s a lot of bragging rights to be had for getting to play a game way before anyone else. That’s why thousands of people head to E3 every year. But Super Mario Party was going to be out and in stores not even two weeks from now and still someone paid over $7,000 just to get their hands on an early cartridge.
That seems just a little nuts.
According to NintendoLife, somebody was at an airport, minding their own business, when they came across a beat-up looking Switch cartridge. That cartridge turned out to be a copy of the upcoming Super Mario Party, set to release on October 5th.
This being America, the immediate response to finding a Nintendo game 10 days before release was to put it up on eBay and make a quick buck.
According to the eBay listing (which has been taken down), the cartridge was “slightly damaged” but in “decent shape.” Crucially, it still worked. To prove it, our Nintendo capitalist posted several videos on YouTube confirming that the game did indeed function as advertised.
The game is expected to retail the same as every other Switch game, which is around $60. Any reasonable person would probably just wait the few days to get a retail copy with a warranty. However, someone, somewhere, decided that getting their mitts on Super Mario Party before everybody else was worth $7,100 plus shipping.
Now, we’ve had some pretty good Mario Party games here at TheGamer, but never one worth $7,100.
Intriguing still was the fact that this beat-up cartridge was found in an airport. The seller was listed as from Seattle, so it’s possible that a negligent Nintendo of America employee tossed their prototype cartridge just before getting on their flight.
Or it’s possible that Nintendo paid $7,100 to get their property back. We’ll never know unless the buyer comes forward with a sweet preview vid to show-up all the mainstream media outlets who are waiting to release their reviews.