An unopened copy of Nintendo’s Super Mario 64 that sold at auction for $ 1.56 million on Sunday, July 11, 2021. Heritage Auctions in Dallas said the 1996 video game broke the previous record price for the sale of a single video game. (Greetings from Heritage Auctions via Associated Press)
DALLAS (AP) – An unopened copy of Nintendo’s Super Mario 64 has sold at auction for $ 1.56 million.
Heritage Auctions in Dallas said that the 1996 game was sold on Sunday, breaking the previous record price for the sale of a single video game.
A spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Super Mario 64 was the best-selling game on Nintendo 64 and the first to present the Mario character in 3D, the auction house said in a statement.
🎉 # HERITAGELIVE # WORLDRECORD !! Super Mario 64 ̵1; Wata 9.8 A ++ sealed, N64 Nintendo 1996 USA just sold for $ 1,560,000 on #HeritageAuctions, beating the previous mark of $ 870K, set Friday on Heritage for The Legend of Zelda! https://t.co/SUgiijkkzL#SuperMario#Nintendo#N64#WATApic.twitter.com/rHpTuZl95l
– Heritage Auctions (@HeritageAuction) July 11, 2021
The sale follows an unopened copy of Nintendo’s The Legend of Zelda that goes on auction on Friday for $ 870,000. Valarie McLeckie, Heritage’s video specialist, said the auction house was shocked to see a game sell for more than $ 1 million two days after the Zelda game broke its previous record.
In April, the auction house sold an unopened copy of Nintendo’s Super Mario Bros. which was purchased in 1986 and forgotten in a desk drawer for $ 660,000 dollars.