A duplicate of Super Mario Bros. for NES simply sold for $660,000 at auction, making it the highest-priced online game collectible ever. The earlier document holder was the prototype Nintendo Play Station, which offered via Heritage Auctions in 2020 for $360,000.
That outlandish worth is greater than 4 occasions the earlier document holder for a online game: a copy of Super Mario Bros. 3 that sold for $156,000 in November 2020. The earlier world document for a replica of Super Mario Bros. was $114,000, which was set in July 2020.
What made this copy of Super Mario Bros. — a broadly out there online game launched in 1985 — so particular? Well, it was nonetheless manufacturing unit sealed, for one factor, and rated 9.6 by Wata, a online game collectible grading firm. This copy nonetheless has its retail hangtab connected, the field doesn’t have a trademark image, and it’s a part of an especially low print run.
Here’s the merchandise’s description, from Heritage Auctions’ listing:
Not solely is that this the best plastic-sealed copy with a perforated cardboard hangtab we’ve ever supplied of any black field title, additionally it is the oldest sealed copy of Super Mario Bros. we’ve ever had the chance to supply. This is just the fourth model of Super Mario Bros. ever produced, and its window of manufacturing was remarkably quick. Just to color a greater image of how quick this actually was — the nationwide launch for the console got here in mid to late 1986, and black field video games distributed for that launch didn’t have the “Game Pak NES-GP” code. It’s price mentioning that Nintendo managed so as to add the trademark image to the Nintendo Entertainment System on their sport packing containers by the start of 1987. That actually doesn’t depart a lot time at all for this variant to be produced in-between the 2!
The record-setting auction for Super Mario Bros. wasn’t the one spectacular sale of a basic NES sport on Friday. A duplicate of Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!! sold for $102,000, as did copies of Mega Man for $144,000 and Tetris for $36,000.