Was the $1.5 million Super Mario 64 Legit?

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Surprised by $1.5 million Super Mario 64

One very expensive copy of Super Mario 64

Eyebrows weren't just raised when a sealed copy of Super Mario 64 sold for $1.5 million at an auction, they pretty much launched like rockets and went into orbit. Now that the dust has settled, collectors are scratching their heads.

The factory-sealed copy of the classic Nintendo 64 game was graded 9.8 A++, which means it is practically undamaged, and then went on to set a new price record for games at Heritage Auctions on July 11th. Here are some other recent auctions:

  • Sealed Skyrim copy graded 9.2 A+ sells for $600
  • Sealed Red Dead Redemption for Xbox 360 sold for $384
  • Early copy of first Tomb Raider auctioned at $144k
  • Rare copy of Super Mario Bros. sold for 660k in April
  • Heritage Auctions vets major bidders to avoid fraud

Legend of auction: Just a few days earlier, a copy of The Legend of Zelda for NES sold for $870,000. Super Mario 64 shifted over 12 million units and was shipped in a box that is very prone to damage, and a 9.4 A+ rated copy of Super Mario 64 fetched only $38,400 at an auction in January.

Tiny details: Director of the Video Game History Foundation Frank Cifaldi said “I 100% agree it being a 9.8 puts it at a completely different level but a sudden jump from $30k to $1.5M feels wrong,” while Deniz Kahn of Wata Games said “There are discussions of how many first-print sealed Mario 64’s may exist,” and noted that this auction was probably the result of a bidding war between collectors wanting “absolute best of an iconic relic of pop culture that exists.”

Which classic game developer made the ‘95 PC port of Monopoly? 

a) Blizzard Entertainment
b) Maxis
c) Westwood Studios
d) Delphine Software

The answer will be revealed at the bottom of today's issue. Join up with our community on Twitter and Facebook to discuss what the answer could be.

Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl this autumn

GameFly leaked the game’s existence

There's nothing like a fierce good fight, and Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl takes that that to heart by ripping off Super Smash Bros. and replacing the beloved videogame heroes with cartoon stars from SpongeBob Squarepants, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Aaahh!!! Real Monsters, The Wild Thornberrys, Ren & Stimpy, Rugrats, Invader Zim and more.

Autumn bash: Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl is coming to PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S and Switch this fall.

Wavedashing Netcode: While there's no mention of a PC release in the trailer, the developers did confirm on Discord that it's the lead platform and that the game apparently has rollback netcode "on supported platforms" along with wavedashing.

Relic announces Company of Heroes 3

The war for Italy takes centre stage in COH3

Relic Entertainment just announced that Company of Heroes 3 is coming to PC next year, and you can have a taste of what's coming with a special pre-alpha preview build available now on Steam.

If you're happy playing an extremely rough and early version of the game, you can help the development team shape the final game and be treated to morsels of the campaign while it is in development.

New ways to war: The dynamic campaign map provides command over air, land, and sea forces and offers choices that alter the course of the war while full tactical pause gives you greater control of the battlefield in singleplayer modes.

Rome wasn't bombed in a day: Company of Heroes 3 is set in the Mediterranean theatre, and features new units, factions and stories from World War II, ranging from the idyllic North African coast to the snowy Italian alps.

Hackers boost Warzone streamers

Warzone is under siege by hackers and exploits

Who ever heard of helpful cheaters? Looks like various Call of Duty Warzone personalities have had their accounts hacked … and then boosted to level 1000, unlocking all weapon camos.

So far, Nick "NICKMERCS" Kolcheff – who has 5.9 million followers on Twitch and 3.95 million subscribers on YouTube – has fallen victim to the generous hackers, alongside Faze's Swagg, Biffle and Smixie.

Black market: There is a thriving black market where hackers sell discounted boosters for Call of Duty, but they don't typically provide their services for free. Perhaps giving a freebie to prominent streamers is considered a good marketing strategy, or maybe the streamers have simply benefited from some glitch in the servers.

Cheating plague: Activision remains silent on the cheating issues with no public statement yet issued, but we've reached out for comment, although we didn't hear anything back as of the time of publishing.

Which classic game developer made the ‘95 PC port of Monopoly? 

I bet Kane cheats at Monopoly all the time

ANSWER: Westwood Studios!

Monopoly might have been designed as a satirical demonstration of the evils of capitalism, yet it is also one of the most fiercely exploited board game licenses ever and there are lots of videogame versions. In 1995, none other than Westwood Studios gave it a shake. Maybe they were hedging against the potential failure of Command & Conquer?

It wasn’t a lazy cash-in either: It featured online multiplayer, and actually became the 11th best-selling game of 1996. It launched the same month as Command & Conquer, demonstrating that Westwood was at its peak regardless of genre. Shame they closed their doors in 2003 – who knows what they could have done with the Monopoly license today.

Today's issue of DailyBits was written by Gavin Herman, Nick Akerman, Erlend Grefsrud, Simon Priest, and Jamie Davey. If you have any feedback or news tips for the team, please email us!