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Calculator figures out real-world value of Mario coins

If Movoto’s calculations are correct, Mario isn’t in it to save the princess. According to the real estate blog, each gold coin in Super Mario Bros. is worth more than half a million dollars. By the end of world 1-1, the dude has more money than most of us will ever see in a lifetime — combined.

You can figure out exactly how much you’d be worth in the Mushroom Kingdom, the fictional world of Super Mario Bros., by using Movoto’s Gold Coin Converter. Unless you’re very rich, it’s probably not much.

Movoto based their estimates on  Super Mario Bros. 3. It did so by estimating the size of a gold coin in the game against Mario’s body. It found that a single coin is about the same size as small Mario. Then it factored in Bob Hoskins’ height of 5-foot-6, (Hoskins played Mario in the 1993 Super Mario Bros. film, which has a Rotten Tomatoes score of 13 percent percent by the way). It then figured out the width and thickness of the coins and used real-world value of gold to estimate what the Mushroom Kingdom coins are worth: about $508,000 each. How Mario and Luigi manage to carry around so many is anyone’s guess.

Movoto even managed to figure out a real-world value for Bowser’s Castle a few weeks ago — he bought it for less than one gold coin.

I contacted Nintendo, and a spokersperson said, “I don’t think we have any sort of official value for the coins — sorry about that!”

Check out the converter at the Movoto blog.


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