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Super Mario Game Sold At Auction Becomes Most Expensive Video Game Ever

by : Emily Brown on : 11 Jul 2020 17:12
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A copy of Super Mario Bros. has become the most expensive video game ever after selling at auction for more than $100,000. 

Now, I’m a fan of Mario, and I’m not one to turn down a game of Mario Kart, but I’d be in a lot of debt just after buying the console, game and enough controllers to ensure there’s some real competition to take on.

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The thought of spending another hundred thousand dollars just to get my hands on a game that I’d probably never play is completely baffling to me, but that’s probably why I’m not the owner of a sealed copy of Super Mario Bros. from 1985.

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 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.

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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, EuroGamer reports.

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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.

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The winning bidder chose to remain anonymous, so the most expensive game ever now lies in the hands of a mystery gamer. Hopefully they’ll treat it with the respect it deserves!

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Emily Brown

Emily Brown first began delivering important news stories aged just 13, when she launched her career with a paper round. She graduated with a BA Hons in English Language in the Media from Lancaster University, and went on to become a freelance writer and blogger. Emily contributed to The Sunday Times Travel Magazine and Student Problems before becoming a journalist at UNILAD, where she works on breaking news as well as longer form features.

Topics: Gaming, Nintendo, Now

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  1. EuroGamer

    Sealed copy of Super Mario Bros. sells for $114k, becomes most expensive video game ever

  2. Heritage Auctions

    Super Mario Bros. - Wata 9.4 A+ Sealed [Hangtab, 3 Code, Mid-Production], NES Nintendo 1985