Nowadays, it’s no big surprise to see old games and other collectibles like Pokémon cards, being sold for exorbitant amounts of money. However, it is always impressive when we see a particular game break records that have already set unbelievable values.
Yesterday, Hritage Auctions made history again, when it was announced that they sold an extremely rare copy of Super Mario Bros. 3 for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). This specimen, still sealed, was sold for a record $ 156,000, making it the most expensive video game ever.
What’s in this copy of Super Mario Bros. 3 so special?
According to Heritage Auctions, sealed copies of Super Mario Bros. 3 are increasingly rare, especially in these conditions and with this graphics. In addition to receiving a 9.2 A + rating from WATA Games, this copy of Super Mario Bros. 3 has an even rarer detail on its cover.
There is an “error” in this rare edition of the game, where “Bros.” is positioned to the left of the rest of the name, overlapping the Super Mario hand. This may seem like an irrelevant detail, but in this market, it can mean a price difference of thousands of euros.
As you can see in the most common graphics for this game, the word started to be positioned over Mario’s head, not interfering with any other elements of the image.
Another decisive point for the unbelievable value of this auction, which ended up at around 131 thousand euros, was the state of preservation of the game. A rating of 9.2 A + by WATA Games means that this sealed copy of Super Mario Bros. 3 is practically in perfect condition, even though it is a 30 year old copy.
In order to have a better idea of the influence that small changes in its state can have, Heritage referred to another auction held in June, where a copy of the same title (identical graphics) sold for “only” 38 thousand dollars. The only difference was in its status, which received a 9.0 A rating from WATA Games.
Super Mario Bros continues to dominate the world of vintage video games
This is a market that continues to grow visibly, with more and more people looking at this “world” as an excellent investment opportunity. So it is not surprising that we see current records being broken constantly.
However, there is still little doubt that Super Mario Bros will continue to dominate this segment for many years to come, continuing to be the most popular, most sought after and most valuable item today.
By way of comparison, a sealed copy of Pokémon Red for the Nintendo Gameboy (1998) was sold yesterday for $ 84,000, setting a new record for Pokémon games.
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