The latest record-breaking collection is a sealed copy of the Super Mario Bros. sold for only $100,150. According to experts, this is the highest price for a single game. Even though classic video games can now be played online but rare physical copies can still be used for large sums of money.
Released in 1985 on NES, Super Mario Bros. managed to lay the definitive foundation for what we now call the platform game. It has quickly established itself as the bestseller of the Nintendo machine and will have the chance to launch the career of a young mustachioed plumber.
The sticker on the top of the black box makes it so valuable and indicates that it is the first of 17 NES games produced in the United States. These products were released in the test market from October 1985 to March 1986 in New York and Los Angeles, when the Nintendo Entertainment System was bundled with Duck Hunt and Gyromite. Other titles in the highly respected lineup include Hogan’s Alley, Wild Gunman and baseball.
In 2017, another copy of Super Mario Bros has already sold for more than $ 30,000. At the time, that price was already a record, but this time it explodes literally. And for good reason, on this cartridge tiny sticker justifies such a difference.
President of the company Wata Games, Deniz Khan, is responsible for authenticating and certifying collectibles, said he always thought that this type of cartridge was something very important in history. He is the one who authenticated the game.
Certainly, there are many other sealed copies of Super Mario Bros. in the market, but according to him, it is the only known to date still having this sticker integral.
This sealed copy of Super Mario Bros. was bought by Jim Haperin who is founder of Heritage, a collectible auction company, Rich Lecce, a video game collector, and Zac Gieg who is a video game store owner.
Meanwhile the seller preferred to remain anonymous to preserve his privacy. He had always wanted to sell this object for years. Even in the face of five-digit offers, the seller has always declined. He said he would never accept an offer with less than six figures.