On the same Memorial Day 1993 weekend that saw the release of the Super Mario Bros. movie, an even bigger flop hit the big screen and led to the collapse of a beloved film studio. Incredibly, “Happily Ever After” also had an NES tie-in game in development at the time, one which was assumed lost forever — until a prototype cart was discovered in Texas last year.
The collector who found the Happily Ever After prototype did not disclose how much he paid for it, and I won’t hazard a guess. Prototypes of unreleased games, if authentic, can easily fetch $1,000 or more depending on the title and rarity. I’ll be writing much more about prototypes in the future.