After some significant time spent admiring the quality of the sealed “Super Mario Bros.” video game, Rick Harrison cuts to the chase and asks the seller how much he wants for it. The seller coolly replies, “It’s a piece of history; it’s something that’s hard for me to part with. But I would sell it for a million dollars.” Rick repeats the figure back to the seller just to make sure he heard it right, and there’s no doubt he’s serious. A long silence follows this absolute blockbuster of a price — that is, until Chum breaks it by calling out what’s on everybody’s mind: “That’s a lot of money for a video game.”
Rather than throwing the seller out for wasting his time, though, Rick decides to call up the company Wata, which grades the quality of old video games, to see if they can have somebody come down to the shop to determine whether the seller’s asking price is appropriately high or just downright greedy. Before long, the founder and president of Wata, Deniz Kahn, himself walks through the doors of the shop to offer his expertise. He immediately recognizes the game as “probably the most significant piece of video game history that’s ever passed through our grading company.”
The game is old and in great condition, and its rarity and value is extremely high because it is from the test market batch of around 10,000 games that Nintendo produced only from 1985 to 1986 when it was first trying to introduce its NES console to the American market. This can be determined by the fact that the game is sealed by a sticker, not shrinkwrap. Of those 10,000 or so games, only one — this one — remains sealed.