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A gem-mint WATA 9.2 graded A+ copy of Super Mario Bros. 3 has just sold for over $150,000, making it the most expensive game ever sold at auction.
Heritage Auctions recently sold an ultra-rare copy of Super Mario Bros. 3 for an eye-popping $156,000, culminating in the first-ever million-dollar game auction when all bids were combined. What makes this particular copy so special is how "Bros." is positioned on the left. This variant is basically the video game equivalent of the legendary Boba Fett prototype action figure that sold for over $100,000. Normal retail copies of Mario 3 had the "Bros." part on the lower right-hand side on both the front and back of the box.
This isn't the only mega-expensive Mario game sold at auction. In 2019, a sealed mint copy of the original Super Mario Bros. sold for $100,150. Then in July, Heritage Auctions also sold a 9.4-graded copy of Super Mario Bros. with an ultra-rare hangtab for $114,000.
Desert Bus for Hope has raised $986,753 for charity, proving old bad games can still do some good.
Back in the mid-90s, magicians Penn and Teller basically made the anti-videogame. It was called Penn and Teller's Smoke and Mirrors, and it was filled with all sorts of troll games--experiences that frustrated, befuddled, and confused players. Although the game was never released, one mini-game garnered a cult following: Desert Bus.
Desert Bus had you driving from Tuscon, Arizona to Las Vegas, Nevada in real-time. It's the purest simulation game and has been hailed as the most boring game of all time. There's no one to interact with, no other cars, nothing on the screen; just drab environments and desert.
Starting with Horizon Zero Dawn, Sony's bringing its PS4 exclusives over to PC. This includes a number of different storefronts like Steam, Epic Games Store, and soon GOG.com.
In a bid to maximize catalog game sales, Sony will slowly release key first-party games on PC. The idea here is to make money from older evergreen games that've run their course on consoles. Like EA, Ubisoft, and other publishers, Sony will now sell these games on as many platforms as possible. That includes GOG.com.
Horizon Zero Dawn is coming to GOG.com on November 24, 2020, complete with DRM-free access, 30 day no questions asked refunds, and other features like cloud saves, overlays, etc. The game will also run on GOG Galaxy 2.0, the new interface that lets you access games you bought from other stores like EGS.
Apple has revised its revenue split terms for app developers, and will now offer 85% - 15% splits in favor of devs. But there's some limitations.
Apple just announced its new App Store Small Business program, an initiative that reduces fees from 30% down to just 15% for select smaller developers.
The program is only offered to devs who make less than $1 million a year from combined app revenues and in-app purchases. Companies and developers that make more than $1 million still have to pay Apple the normal 30% cut. The new policy will go into effect on January 1, 2021, and qualified developers will be judged on their 2020 revenues.
Sony may have a direct answer to Xbox Game Pass quite soon. What could it be? Major first-party games releasing day one on PlayStation Now? A separate direct-download subscription tier?
A bit ago, PlayStation boss Jim Ryan said Sony had no plans to copy Game Pass' best feature: releasing first-party games on the service at launch, on both PC and consoles. Instead, Sony's games will continue releasing to consoles first as premium releases rather than being bundled into a service. This sentiment may have changed.
In a recent interview with Russian news agency TASS, Jim Ryan says Sony is readying a response to Game Pass. When asked "How will you respond to Microsoft's Game Pass?," Ryan said: "There is actually news to come, but just not today. We have PlayStation Now which is our subscription service, and that is available in a number of markets."
Sony's new PS5 firmware update didn't fix the Black Ops Cold War download bug. Luckily there's an easy fix.
Before now, gamers had to completely factory reset their PS5 consoles to fix the download bug. Do NOT do this. It's completely unnecessary.
Today Sony confirmed a guaranteed fix to the dreaded Cold War download bug on PS5 and it's really easy to do. All you have to do is rebuild your database. I was one of the many affected by the Cold War PS5 glitch, and I can confirm this fix actually works.
Free-to-play sensation Genshin Impact helped significantly drive up October 2020's digital revenues, analyst firm SuperData reports.
According to SuperData's new digital earnings report, the global games market generated $10.6 billion in revenues in October 2020, up 14% year-over-year. Console gaming saw the most dramatic spike up +18%, driven by NBA 2K21, FIFA 21 (which sold 1.5 million digital units at launch), Watch Dogs: Legion, and Modern Warfare.
Speaking of which, Watch Dogs Legion had the best launch in the series. SuperData reports Legion sold 1.9 million digital copies, more than EA's powerhouse FIFA 21.
Today Sony announced the PlayStation Black Friday sale, and it offers some steep discounts on great back catalog games. This is the time to stock up for those free cross-gen PS5 upgrades.
New PS5 owners might want to take advantage of the new Black Friday sale, which slashes prices up to 70% across a huge selection of nearly 300 games.
Headliner deals include:
- The Last of Us Part II - $30
- Watch Dogs Legion - $40 (PS4 + PS5)
- FF7 Remake - $40
- Avengers - $30
- GTA V - $15
- NiOh 2 - $25
- Doom Eternal (PS4 + PS5 when available) - $30
- Tony Hawk 1 + 2 - $30
- AC Odyssey - $30
- Jedi Fallen Order - $24
- Tekken 7 Ultimate Edition - $20
- Destiny 2 Shadowkeep - $13
- Skyrim Special Edition - $16
- FF14 Complete Edition - $30
- Fallout 76 - $14
- Far Cry 5 - $15
- Borderlands 3 (PS4 + PS5 when available) - $20
- Witcher 3 Complete (PS4 + PS5 when available) - $15
- Control Ultimate Edition (PS4 + PS5 when available) - $20
In a new interview with Russian News Agency TASS, Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Jim Ryan had some interesting things to say about the new PlayStation 5 console.
We might have some great PS5 launch games like Spider-Man: Miles Morales and others, but that doesn't mean that the PS4 will be forgotten. Sony is all about the "believes in generations" feels, meaning they won't just abandon PS4 games now that the PS5 is here.
Ryan explained: "There are around 114 million PS4s in the world, the number of those who transfer [to PS5 initially], if you keep that in mind, is a small number. But for us, the PS4 community is going to remain incredibly important certainly for 2020, 2021 and 2022. Because in those three years, that will be the larger PlayStation community".
NVIDIA has a surprise announcement, with its GeForce NOW game streaming service now streaming games to iOS... but you can't download it from the App Store.
Why? Because it breaks Apple's guidelines so NVIDIA went around that and is blasting games through to GeForce NOW through Safari, Apple's own web browser. Just like it does with their Chromebook client, with the iOS-based GeForce NOW service currently in 'beta'.
Phil Eisler, general manager for GeForce Now explains: "It'll be brought directly to the browser through a webpage similar to our Chromebook client".