The world's most expensive video game has been sold for US$1.5 million
Not too long ago, the iconic 1987 video game The Legend of Zelda for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) was sold at an auction for US$870,000. The staggering price was just enough to hold the title of the world's most expensive video game for a few days, as another classic Nintendo title has claimed the record after it has been put up for auction in Texas. Last Sunday, the Dallas-based auction house Heritage Auctions sold an unopened copy of Super Mario 64 for the Nintendo 64 for US$1.56 million.
The winner of the auction, who is apparently ready to pay an unfathomable sum for a 25-year-old video game, has not been revealed. The unknown buyer will become the happy owner of a brilliant video game which has garnered the near-perfect grade of 9.8 for its mint condition. It's highly unlikely that the sealed collector's item will ever be opened, since certain old games can evidently turn into appreciating assets and can therefore serve as a smart investment. This is especially true for games that have played a significant role in the history of video games, with Super Mario 64 being one of those titles.
Even though Super Mario 64 carries a lot of cultural importance because it was the best-selling title of the Nintendo 64 console, it's not the only Super Mario game that's worth a dazzling amount of money. Just in April, the NES title Super Mario Bros was sold for US$660,000. A mere three months later, it can only call itself the third most-expensive video game in the world.
????#HERITAGELIVE #WORLDRECORD!! Super Mario 64 - Wata 9.8 A++ Sealed, N64 Nintendo 1996 USA just sold for $1,560,000 at #HeritageAuctions, smashing previous mark of $870K, set Friday at Heritage for The Legend of Zelda! https://t.co/SUgiijkkzL#SuperMario #Nintendo #N64 #WATA pic.twitter.com/rHpTuZl95l— Heritage Auctions (@HeritageAuction) July 11, 2021