Jamie Sharp

On Friday last week, the bidding on a Super Mario Bros. 3 prototype cart came to a close at Heritage Auctions with a winning bid of $31,200. This is the first Nintendo-developed prototype that Heritage Auctions has listed. While the cartridge might look like a copy of Kid Icarus that’s been hacked apart, it’s so much more than that. The label’s handwritten “Super 3” is a glimpse into the past, when developers were hurriedly dumping code before testing to see the results of their changes. The cart had been physically opened to allow developers convenient access to to the EPROMs […]

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