It made me think – how interesting an investment would have been to buy a copy of Super Mario Bros. and leave it in a safe place for twenty years? Well, I will find out.
After a little thought, I decided that the best thing to compare was the Apple stock. The Cupertino company has been the darling of investors for years, Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway, holding $ 91.3 billion, or 43% of its portfolio.
So let’s see what would have been a better investment.
I couldn’t find a specific US release date, but Super Mario Bros. was launched in Japan on September 13, 1985 – so I’m going to use this date.
After digging a bit, I found the approximate price range for NES games of a printed issue of Electronic Games Monthly:Now, like Super Mario Bros. was a flagship title, let’s just assume it was one of the most expensive games in the NES. That means it would have cost retail 49,99 $.
Next? Well, we need to know how much Apple stocks cost on September 13, 1985. What I did:
He closed at 0,281250 $ that day which means $ 49.99 would leave us with 177,74 actions Apple.
Not bad at all.
In terms of dates, the $ 114,000 copy of Super Mario Bros. sold on July 10, 2020. At the end of the same day, only one Apple title was worth 383,679993 $.
That means your 177.74 Apple shares were worth 68 196,14 $ last Friday. Oof.
Yes, the copy in perfect condition of Super Mario Bros. worth 45 803,86 $ more than all these sweet and delicious stocks.
But don’t rip your investment portfolio right away (I know how close you were), because it’s a bit of a mistake for two reasons: first, the scarcity of that specific copy of the game and two, the splits of actions.
Let’s first look at the rarity.
A little browsing on Price Charting shows that even an unopened copy of Super Mario Bros. does normally go for, on average, 298,26 $.
So yes, if you were planning on going to your parents’ loft to try to find that beaten up copy that you used to play with your siblings and kill, you might be disappointed.
Now on the stock split.
Basically, this is what happens when a company splits its existing shares, so there are more. Apple has done this four times since 1985. Long and short, which means if you own 177 when Super Mario Bros. was released, you would actually have 9,912 now.
So rather than the $ 68,196.14 we mentioned earlier, you Actually be sitting 3 803 036,09 $ *.
Which – in case you’re wondering – is much more than $ 114,000.
Anyway, let’s summarize this and answer the question: what was the best investment in 1985 Super Mario Bros. and Apple stock? If you are a boring tracker, then Apple, easily.
But if you like to ride freely and easily on the wind? With really basic mathematics (read: incorrect)? then Super Mario Bros.
Yes, that’s too bad, but I think what I mean is this: it sucks, Buffett.
*Note: I didn’t account for dividends because, literally, you can’t get me. Just be happy with what you have.
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Posted on July 13, 2020 at 2:42 PM UTC