All 721 North American Super Nintendo games can be yours for just $25,000.
Human beings, as a species, are collectors by nature. In evolutionary terms, this means that it’s been practical to hold onto items that have no immediate value (like a sharpened rock), because they may prove their worth somewhere down the line (when you need to craft a hunting spear). In news that might be relevant outside the hunter-gathering community, however, it means that one individual in Ohio spent years amassing a collection of every single Super Nintendo game that ever reared its head in North America. All good things must come to an end, though, and the collection is up for sale for the bargain basement price of $24,999.
These 721 games – which include beloved classics like Chrono Trigger, run-of-the-mill adaptations like Spider-Man: The Animated Series, and ignominious footnotes like Race Drivin’ – are generally in good shape, considering that many of them are about two decades old. “By no means is this a pristine set,” warns kaisetsuna, the seller. “There will be creases, there will be folds, there will be finger smudges.” At the same time, 84% of the games come with manuals, and every single one comes with a box, save for those that never shipped with a box in the first place. In addition to assuaging aesthetic concerns, kaisetsuna has “manually cleaned every single game’s PCB contacts, and tested them to ensure the games were fully working,” and “tested every battery terminal with a multimeter and replaced any dead batteries.” Finally, the eBay page lists a legend for every single game, describing the condition of its cartridge, manual, and box on a scale of 1-5.
Ladies and gentlemen of the top-hat-and-monocle crowd (or else anyone else with $25,000 burning a hole in his or her pocket) in the Columbus, Ohio area can inspect the collection themselves and pick it up if purchased. Anyone unwilling or unable to travel will have to dish out enough shipping costs to cover 400 pounds of videogames. The bad news is that shipping that much weight will cost an extra few hundred dollars, but the good news is that after buying a videogame collection that costs more than a decent car, it’s only a drop in the bucket.