A rare early copy of one of Nintendo's most famous NES games has broken records for the most ever paid for a single video game.
As The Verge points out, it might not be the most expensive game ever, but it's certainly the most expensive one that's been professionally graded and certified.
While the game itself isn't all that rare, this particular copy is, being one from an early 1985 test launch of the NES console in NY and Los Angeles.
'Super Mario Bros. launched the world's largest game franchise and this copy is the only known sealed example from Nintendo's test market release'. The new owners liken this item to Action Comics #1 (the first appearance of Superman) for comic collectors.
The copy was sent to Wata Games several months ago for grading and was rated a near flawless 9.4 out of 10 before being sent back to the owner. It's not unthinkable that a copy of Super Mario Bros. like this one could eventually be worth that much. The game's box has a near-mint rating of 9.4 by Wata Games a website dedicated to rating collectible video games. Not only is this the only known sealed copy of the first USA print run of Super Mario Bros., it is also in almost immaculate condition.
The person selling the game - who wishes to remain anonymous - has been on the record as stating he would never sell the cartridge for less than six figures, blissfully unaware of how you can play Super Mario Bros. on Nintendo Switch Online's NES service for only $20 Dollars a year.
The group includes Heritage Auctions Co-Chairman Jim Halperin, Zac Gieg, owner of Just Press Play Video Games and coin dealer and video game collector Rich Lecce, the owner of Robert B. Lecce Numismatist Inc. It seems fitting that the original Super Mario Bros.is the first game to fetch six figures. "There have been interested buyers I know, outside of this group, who have made him very significant, solid five-figure offers on it". A flawless copy of that book sold at auction several years ago for $3.21 million.
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