Crushing a record for the most expensive video game ever auctioned, a sealed cartridge of the classic Super Mario Bros. game for the NES was sold for USD660,000 (RM2.7 million).
The pristine Super Mario Bros. cart beat the previous record set last year by over half a million when a mint-condition copy of Super Mario Bros. 3 was sold for USD156,000 in November 2020.
According to Heritage Auctions, the reason for the big jump in price is that the sealed cart is simply “the finest copy known to have been professionally graded for auction”, with a 9.6 A+ rating from Wata.
Besides being the highest quality of a Super Mario Bros. cart ever seen, Heritage Auctions also said that it is also the oldest factory sealed copy the company has ever sold.
The seller of the sealed cart, who wants to remain anonymous, said the game was originally purchased as a Christmas gift in 1985 but it ended up forgotten and left untouched in a desk drawer for 35 years.
Valarie McLeckie, Heritage Auctions video games director said “as soon as this copy of Super Mario Bros. arrived at Heritage, we knew the market would find it just as sensational as we did,” adding that the final price definitely exceeded expectations.