A sealed copy of Super Mario Bros. 3 has become the world’s most costly video game.
Heritage Auctions sold an rare duplicate of the NES game, which delivered in the US in 1990, for $156,000 at closeout.
It broke the record recently set in July 2020, when a duplicate of 1985’s unique Super Mario Bros. sold for $114,000.
“While the condition of the game is remarkable, what makes this copy even more singular is the layout of the packaging itself: Exceedingly rare are sealed copies with the word ‘Bros.’ formatted to the left, covering one of Mario’s signature white gloves,” Heritage Auctions said in an official statement.
“Collectors have spent years looking for such a version — the earliest in the Super Mario Bros. 3 production history – and usually come up empty-handed.”
A sealed copy of 1998’s Pokémon Red for GameBoy likewise sold for $84,000 at a similar closeout, establishing a precedent for a Pokémon title.
An uncommon Nintendo PlayStation model was sold for $360,000 in March – a record cost for a bit of gaming memorabilia.
The Nintendo PlayStation model is supposed to be one of 200 units made for Sony’s bombed partnership with Nintendo in the mid 1990s, which was its initial significant move into computer games and in the long run prompted it entering the market all alone.