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A rare mint copy of Super Mario Bros for the NES breaks records for games sold at auctions

The Super Mario Bros box. (Source: Wikipedia)
The Super Mario Bros box. (Source: Wikipedia)
An unboxed copy of the game Super Mario Bros for the legacy Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) console has reportedly sold at auction for US$660,000. This is the largest final asking price for a video game yet. The item in question was a 1986 release in rare condition and packaging.

The Heritage Auctions house in Dallas, Texas has reportedly closed a listing for a copy of Super Mario Bros for the NES. The game had apparently been purchased as a 1986 holiday gift, but had been left to sit forgotten in a desk drawer for 35 years ever since, with its former owner claiming that they had "never thought anything about it”.

This lucky individual has now sold the game for no less than US$660,000, beating the last biggest-ticket video games at the auction house by $546,000. That item was also a copy of the same iconic Nintendo title. However, its successor in record-breaking game listings might have been worth more as it was a relatively rare SKU in shrink-wrap rather than that sealed with a sticker.

The head of the gaming-memorabilia division at Heritage Auctions, Valarie McLeckie, indicated that finding another in the same condition as the last one sold may well be impossible. This may be why the house has opened a follow-up listing on behalf of its new owner with bids starting at $990,000.

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2021-04- 7 (Update: 2021-04- 7)
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