More than $ 150,000 to play Mario? In this economy?
Yes, on Friday morning, Heritage Auctions sold a rare, sealed one Super Mario Bros.3 for the original Nintendo Entertainment System for a record $ 156,000.
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Why did this copy of the game sell so much?
According to Heritage, sealed copies Super Mario Bros.3 with this particular packaging are rare. Most gamers recognize the art of the game’s cover, with Mario gliding across the sky with his raccoon hat and the title of the game centered above him. But the earliest production of the box looks a little different.
What makes this art box so special is the word “Bros.” appears on the left side of the box, covering Mario’s glove. It is.
And, pack up the rats before digging into your old Nintendo gaming collection to see if you have this version of the cover, there’s something else that makes this record-breaking copy unique.
The video game ranking company, Wata Games, gave this copy to Super Mario Bros.3 result of 9.2 A +. This means that the sealed copy was in almost perfect shape. By comparison, Heritage states that another sealed copy of this version of Super Mario Bros.3 sold in July for $ 38,400. The difference? It was rated only 9.0 A.
Today’s sale broke up the sealed copy of the original Super Mario Bros. which sold for $ 114,000 last July alone. In a Heritage press release, the auction house seemed surprised to break that record twice in the same year.
“However, it’s no surprise that another Mario game that so many of us grew up with will put the new tape,” the company said in a statement.
Heritage shared details of another remarkable video game auction today. Original sealed copy of the 1998 Nintendo Gameboy. Red version of Pokémon sold for $ 84,000, the highest price ever paid for playing Pokemon.
Here’s the hope that watching these sealed, very expensive video games will delight their new owners.