Rare Super Mario Game Sells For Obscene Amount At Auction
1985 copy of Super Mario feels the impact of inflation.
I’m sure we’ve all had a collection of something at one time or another in our lives, but how much would you pay for a crowning jewel for your set? Well according to Kotaku‘s Chris Kohler one crazy buyer has just paid $114,000 for a sealed copy of Super Mario Bros. for the Nintendo Entertainment System.
The copy of Super Mario Bros., which was released back in 1985, was sold to an anonymous bidder at Texas based Heritage Auctions. The game was sealed and graded at a 9.4 (mint condition), which Heritage Auctions said was the highest graded copy of the game that they’d ever sold.
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
In their listing, Heritage Auctions explains why this particular piece is worth so much, saying:
“There are four sub-variants of the plastic sealed cardboard hangtab box (this particular copy of Super Mario Bros. being the “3 Code” variant) that were produced within the span of one year. Each sub-variant of the cardboard hangtab black box, produced within that timeframe, had a production period of just a few months; a drop in the bucket compared to the title’s overall production run.”
Limited production = limited sales, so therefore the game is valued at a significantly higher price.
This copy of Super Mario Bros. fetched about $14,000 more than a copy of the same game back in 2019, and a whopping $110,000 more than a sealed copy of the NES version of The Legend of Zelda sold for last year. This does however fall significantly short of what the Nintendo Playstation prototype sold for this year ($360,000), but being the last known remaining version of this console, that’s no surprise.
Speaking of Mario, Paper Mario: The Origami King launches this Friday for Nintendo Switch, so keep your eyes here for any news and our review of the game.