Super Mario Bros. has been known to break records and they have done it again, after three and a half decades. A mint copy of the 1985 game, a US version was sold at $114,000 at the Dallas-based Heritage Auctions to an anonymous buyer.
This auction has broken a previous record sale of $100,150 at an auction last year, where a similar copy of Super Mario Bros. was sold.
In their announcement, Heritage also emphasized the game’s value and nostalgia factor. This version of the game was the first-ever in the Super Mario Bros. series and is the highest selling game ever. It also marks the first appearance of the series villain Bowser.
As per game collector and journalist, Chris Kohler, this sale has made Super Mario, the most expensive game ever sold to date.
A “classic and an unopened” copy of the Super Mario Bros series, with a rating of 9.4 out of 10.
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This version of Super Mario Bros. is pretty exceptional and is rated at 9.4 out of 10, being in an almost perfect condition. Also, this version is known for its box with a cardboard hang tab.
It is an indication that it was manufactured after Nintendo started using a shrink film to package the games rather than stickers.
There are four variants of the plastic sealed cardboard box. This particular version of Super Mario Bros. copy is a “3 Code” variant, that was produced within one year. Each variant around that time had a production time of only a few months, which is a drop in the bucket, compared to the title’s overall production run.
A sale of almost $700,000 for the video game auction, at the Dallas-based Heritage
Also, sold in this auction was a prototype of the never-sold Sega Pluto-02 Console, which brought in a winning bid of $840,000. As per Heritage, the prototype from Sega’s canceled project to create a second version of the Sega Saturn console was never released to the public.
A copy of Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out was sold for $54,000 and one of the first sealed copies of Super Mario Bros. was sold at $38,400. Heritage mentioned that it was one of less than 10 copies left in existence.