A 35-year old sealed copy of Super Mario Bros. was recently sold for a whopping $660,000 in an auction making it the most expensive video game ever sold. The auction was hosted by Heritage Auctions who said the sealed copy featured a Wata 9.6/A+ rating making it the finest copy known to have been professionally graded for auction.
Heritage Auctions Video Games Director Valarie McLeckie 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. Even so, the degree to which this game was embraced outside the market has been nothing short of exceptional, and that aspect of this sale has certainly exceeded our expectations. Though, I suppose we can’t be too shocked; who doesn’t love Mario?”
The seller, who chose to remain anonymous purchased the copy as a Christmas gift in late 1986. But the copy ended up lying in a desk drawer where it remained untouched for 35 years. “It stayed in the bottom of my office desk this whole time since the day I bought it,” the seller said. “I never thought anything about it.”
Valarie McLeckie added “This particular copy was produced in late 1986, and it was one of the earliest copies produced that had plastic shrink wrap, rather than sticker seal. By early 1987, Nintendo was producing a version that had another new variation to their original packaging (an additional “code”). Since the production window for this copy and others like it was so short, finding another copy from this same production run in similar condition would be akin to looking for a single drop of water in an ocean. Never say never, but there’s a good chance it can’t be done.”
The previous record for the most expensive video game was set by Super Mario Bros. 3 when a sealed copy was sold for $156,000 in November 2020.