A copy of Super Mario Bros. has become the most expensive video game ever. In an auction the mint copy of the 1985 classic sold for $114,000. The bid beat the previous record holder – another mint copy of Super Mario Bros. which sold in February 2019 for $100,150 - to make the game the most expensive ever.
Game collector and jouranalist Chris Kohlar tweeted,
A sealed copy of Super Mario Bros. just sold at auction for $114,000, which is a new record for the sale of a single game. Bet the owners of the $100,000 one, which is an earlier printing, feel great today. pic.twitter.com/lVdcla8d19— Chris Kohler (@kobunheat) July 10, 2020
The coveted game sold following a total of 29 bids during a public auction of vintage comics and art yesterday, July 10, held by Heritage Auctions in Dallas, Texas. The winning bidder eventually secured the game for a grand total of $114,000.
The reason why the game sold for so much is because it's the highest-graded sealed Super Mario Bros. game cartridge ever offered at public auction, with a rating of 9.4 out of 10. It even retained its original cardboard hangtab, a quality that collectors consider to make it vintage.
Heritage Auctions said:
It was part of one of the short production runs of the game packaged in boxes with a cardboard hangtab underneath the plastic, an indication that it was part of one of the first variants produced after Nintendo started using shrink-wrap to seal the games rather than stickers.
Heritage also outlines the broader picture in terms of the game's value and nostalgia factor: it is the highest-selling game on the original NES console of all time, in addition to being the first entry in the Super Mario Bros. series and marking the first appearance of series villain Bowser.
However, the auction winner remains anonymous. Typically, these buyers, often very wealthy, like to stay that way with their proud possession.