Rare Barbie Nintendo 3DS game sells for $1600
Barbie Groom and Glam Pups, a surprisingly expensive title, completes a set of collectible games released for the Nintendo 3DS in North America.
A Nintendo 3DS game collector recently added the latest piece to their set of games released in North America: Barbie Groom and Glam Pupsa rare title for which they shelled out over $1,600.
Reddit User Galdius, a collector of physical cartridges released for the Nintendo 3DS, has been on the verge of completing his set of North American titles for quite some time now. In February 2022, they announced that they were only missing one final title – the elusive Barbie Groom and Glam Pups. The North American edition of the Barbie game was released exclusively in Canada for the 3DS, making it one of the rarest and most expensive 3DS titles of all time.
On March 22, 2022, Galdius announced that they had completed their collection. Barbie Groom and Glam Pups ran Galdius $1,600, and because they live in Brazil and the seller couldn’t ship directly to them, they also paid a little extra in shipping to a friend who received the package.
Galdius’ $1,600 find closes a collection that totals over 400 games. They say they bought an extra 3DS for their unborn daughter, who they hope will take advantage of the treasure. Investing in physical media will likely pay off, as the Nintendo 3DS eShop will close in March 2023.
Galdius pointed out in the comments to his Reddit post that while this completes the collection of 3DS games currently being produced and released in North America, there is still one more game to add to their collection in the future. Andro Dunos 2, a side-scrolling shooter, will be released on the 3DS later this year, making it the last physical 3DS game. Galdius has already pre-ordered Andro Dunos 2which will bring their collection to 420 titles in total.
Collecting video games has become an increasingly profitable hobby in recent years. In July 2021, a sealed copy of The Legend of Zelda sold for $870,000, setting the record for the most expensive video game to date. Less than a month later, a sealed copy of Super Mario 64 broke that record by selling $1.5 million. $1,600 Galdius copy of Barbie Groom and Glam Pups may never see the heights reached by The Legend of Zelda Where Super Mario 64, but the investment in a full collection of North American 3DS games still seems to have satisfied them. In response to bewildered commenters that they would “waste” so much money on a Barbie game, Galdius reassured them, “You can always sell it later”.
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