A long forgotten copy of Super Mario Bros. for the Nintendo Entertainment System holds the record for the world̵
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Long lost Christmas gift ends up pulling world record video game award
According to Heritage, the video game was originally purchased as a Christmas present in 1986. After ending up in a desk drawer, it was immediately forgotten and left for over three decades. The video game – still in the original retail – was only rediscovered this year.
The sample was rated 9.6 A + by Wata Games, one of two major companies that provide authentication and ranking services for video game memories. What makes the game unique is that it was sealed with plastic wrap instead of a sticker seal. In addition, the 1986 race was shorted by another run of the video game with different packaging. Auction house experts say another Super Mario Bros. game in this state may not exist in the world.
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“As soon as this copy of Super Mario Bros. came to Heritage, we knew the market would find it as sensational as we did,” Valarie McLeckie, director of video games for Heritage Auctions, said in a press release. “Still, there has been nothing exceptional about the extent to which this game was embraced outside the market, and that aspect of this sale has certainly exceeded our expectations.”
The owner, who asked Heritage not to identify them, said they “never thought of it” before it was found.
Video games are breaking records for most expensive memorabilia sold
For a purchase price of $ 660,000, the sealed copy of Super Mario Bros. now the record for the most expensive single piece of video game memory purchased at auction. The previous high tide mark was set in March 2020, when Polygon reported that a Nintendo prototype PlayStation was sold for $ 300,000. Among individual video games, the previous world record for a video game was set in November 2020, when Heritage sold a sealed copy of Super Mario Bros. 3 for $ 156,000.
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