Super Mario Bros. Game Sells for $100K

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The game was sold through Heritage Auctions on February 6 for $100,105 to a group of collectors.

The unopened copy of Super Mario Bros. changed over the course of its run between 1985 and 1994, with Nintendo pumping out 11 different box variations. Not only is this particular copy of the game in absolutely immaculate condition, but it's also a rare sticker-sealed copy from Nintendo's test launch of the NES from 1985.

The exact phrasing of that sentence is important - this isn't necessarily the most expensive game ever sold, just the most expensive one that's been professionally certified. "And on top of that, it's in immaculate condition - possibly the nicest condition of any sticker-sealed game that has ever been discovered".

The sale set a new world record for a graded video game, according to Heritage Auctions, which participated in the purchase.

While collectible games like Stadium Events, which are only desired due to their rarity, dominated the early days of video game collecting, we're now starting to see condition and historical relevance become more of a factor in rising prices. Mario is the most recognized fictional or non-fictional character in the world, more so than even Mickey Mouse. As Kotaku notes, a NES console at the time was bundled with Duck Hunt and Gyromite, but not Super Mario Bros., which was sold separately.

Mario coins
Mario coins

As trivial as that sounds it bumped the price up to record-breaking levels, although there is something very odd about who bought it.

Video game preservation and massive collections are a point of pride for some enthusiasts.

The buyers included Heritage Auctions Founder and Co-Chairman Jim Halperin of Dallas; coin dealer and video game collector Rich Lecce of Boca Raton, Fla.; and video game store owner Zac Gieg of Lancaster, Penn.

"The guy who was selling it has always said that he would never accept less than six figures for this item, for years now", Khan said.




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