For a while now we have been looking at such early sealed copies of Super Mario Bros. has commanded six-digit auction prices, starting with a $ 100,000 copy sold in 2019 and continuing through a $ 140,000 sale last year. The previous sales look simply cheap now, but like bidding on another seal Super Mario Bros. has already reached $ 372,000 at Heritage Auctions.
The award comes after 13 early proxy bids, placed ahead of four days of live bidding for many comics and game memorabilia starting April 1. The offer also includes a 20% “buyer’s premium” that will go to Heritage Auctions itself and not the game’s current owner.
Early arrival, excellent condition
Unlike some previous expensive prices Super Mario Bros. sales, this copy is not from the earliest production run of the game, which had only one box sealed with a small sticker, and which was only sold in New York City during the NES ‘late 1985 test market run. But this copy is one of the earliest shrink wrapped editions of the game, sold only for a short time in late 1986, according to the WATA Games’ guide. This copy also received an incredible 9.6 out of 10 on the WATA Games quality scale, with an “exceptional” A + seal in “almost-mint” mode. It also still has an intact hangtab, which means that it was never pierced to seal it in a store display. To set the power Super Mario Bros. prices in context, the only known existing prototype of the unproduced Nintendo PlayStation – a unique and important part of video game history – sold a year ago for $ 380,000 (with buyer’s premium included). And back in 2014, a “world’s largest” collection of 11,000 video games sold for $ 750,000.
While this is the oldest shrink wrap of Super Mario Bros. Heritage has auctioned so far, others may still exist among millions and millions of copies of Super Mario Bros. ever produced. Then again, Heritage Auction’s video game specialist and shipping director Valarie McLeckie told Ars Technica in July last year: “I would suspect sealed hard copies. [still available today] the number in the simple digits. “
The current bid for this sealed box far exceeds the sales record for a single video game. That honor goes to a rare, sealed Super Mario Bros. 3 variant with “Bros.” part of the logo placed on the left, which sold for $ 156,000 in November.
Sealed classic Nintendo cartridges are in high demand elsewhere in Heritage’s current auctions. An early sealed copy of Mega Man for NES (which incorrectly identifies the series’ villain as “Dr. Wright”) has already been offered up to $ 90,000. Meanwhile, a sealed copy of one of the earliest produced editions of Pokémon Red for Game Boy has attracted a bid of $ 60,000.
“I fully believe that [games] is as respectable a form of collectible as comics, ”McLeckie told Ars last year. “We have just started to dip a toe in formalizing this market. By and large, people are just beginning to accept that there is a rarity-based system involved. ”
“If video games are going to go like comics and coins, one day there will be a sale of a million dollars, and I think[[[[Super Mario Bros.“it’s the game if it’s going to happen,” WATA Games chief Deniz Kahn told Ars in 2019.