During the first reign of King Nintendo, Super Mario Bros. and The Legend of Zelda were two of the hottest licensed properties around. Appearing in cartoons, on t-shirts, and as food, Mario and Link were everywhere. Ralston bought the cereal rights to the characters back in 1988, leading to the launch and inevitable decline of the Nintendo Cereal System. Nintendo: it's for breakfast now! Nintendo: an old box of the cereal recently sold on eBay for $207.50. How?
Ever wanted to know what vintage cereal tastes like? In this case, it probably tastes about the same as it did when it was fresh. A seller on eBay recently sold a 22-year-old box of Nintendo Cereal for $207.50. A total of 22 bids were cast on the stale box of cereal, which features both Super Mario Bros. and The Legend of Zelda.
The cereal box is divided into two different packages, The Super Mario Bros. Action Series and the Zelda Adventure Series. The Mario portion contains fruity-flavoured Marios, Super Mushrooms, Goombas, Koopa Troopas and Bowsers, while the Zelda portion contains berry-flavored Links, hearts, boomerangs, keys and shields.
During my childhood years I insisted on eating this cereal, although my brand loyalty only went so far and I stopped asking my parents to buy it after I'd downed a few bowls of the stuff. It wasn't particularly tasty, and I can't imagine that it's improved after twenty-two years of storage. Whether or not the stuff is worth keeping in a closet for a 5200% return on the original investment is left as a thought exercise for you. Do you know how cereal from two decades ago tastes? Like despair.