Challenge Set copies of Super Mario Bros. 3 provide one of the most interesting and unique aesthetics of any key retro Nintendo title. Packed-in with the "Challenge Set," which featured an NES console, two controllers, and a ribbon sealed copy of Super Mario Bros. 3, this console set was released relatively late in the life cycle of the NES system. Without shrink wrap to partially protect the game box from hazards, this variant is often seen with well-worn boxes and is seldom found sealed.
With no shrink wrap seal to protect the edges of this box, minor wear is apparent around the edges, which is in-line with the assigned 7.0 rating assigned by WATA. This copy represents an unusually affordable pricepoint for owing a sealed copy of Super Mario Bros 3.
About Super Mario Bros 3
Considered by many to be among the greatest video games of all-time, Super Mario Bros. 3 was yet another smash hit for Nintendo when it was released domestically in 1990. Breathing new life into the now five-year old NES console, Super Mario Bros. 3 was a fitting end-cap to the Mario Bros. trilogy for the original Nintendo. Designed to be playable by gamers of all skill levels, the development team successfully ramped the difficulty up rather evenly across the game, providing an immediately enjoyable experience for novice and skilled players alike.
Featuring what is widely regarded as some of the best video game box art of all-time, Super Mario Bros. 3 is undoubtedly one of the most iconic and sought after key titles in all of video game collecting. Super Mario Bros. 3 can fit inside any number of different collecting aspirations and it’s often one of the first graded game purchases that collectors make. Thankfully this game is still relatively affordable in lower CIB grades and a number of known varieties exist which adds an additional challenge for those looking to own multiple copies of this seminal title.