A sealed copy of the Super Mario Bros. became the best-selling video game ever auctioned on Friday with a profit of $ 114,000.
The 1985 cartridge, still in its original plastic seal, was sold to an anonymous bidder at the Heritage Auctions event. The $ 114,000 bid surpassed the previous $ 100,000 auction record for a single video game. This mark set in February 2019 was also set by a sealed copy of Super Mario Bros.
“The demand for this game has been extremely high, and if a lot of sales could reach that number, it would be that number,” said Valarie McLeckie, video game director at Heritage Auctions, in a statement. “We knew this would be a strong live session, but I don̵
Rated in A + condition, this unopened version of Super Mario Bros. with “hangtabs”, a rare and short-lived variant of the game’s original packaging.
“That unopened copy of it [Nintendo] The launch title rose to record highs in part because it was part of one of the game’s short production runs, which were packed in boxes with a cardboard hang tab under the plastic. This is an indication that it was part of one of the first variations made after the launch of Nintendo shrink wrap to seal the games rather than the stickers, ”Heritage Auctions said of the packaging.
In total, the sealed Nintendo game auction raised over $ 699,000 on Friday, exceeding the pre-estimated $ 428,000 auction. Other notable items contained a sealed copy of Mike Tyson’s punch-out that sold for $ 50,000 and was a first, extremely rare copy of Super Mario Bros. 3 that had the “Bros.” placed on the left side of the front cover; This item, one of only 10 known, sold for $ 38,000.
In 2015 an excavated batch of 900 ET the alien Atari games were auctioned for $ 108,000.