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The world's most expensive video game has been sold for US$1.5 million

This copy of Super Mario 64 is now the world's most expensive video game (Image: Heritage Auctions)
This copy of Super Mario 64 is now the world's most expensive video game (Image: Heritage Auctions)
A 25-year-old, unopened copy of the game Super Mario 64 for the Nintendo 64 has been sold at an auction for the mind-blowing price of US$1.5 million. It's the first video game to sell for more than US$1 million, after the prices of two other classic Nintendo games had only climbed to six figures.
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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.

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Marcus Schwarten
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I have been fascinated by technology for around 25 years – especially technology that makes life easier rather than more complicated. Mobile devices such as laptops, smartphones, tablets, and smartwatches are particularly close to my heart as is the booming subject of smart homes. I have been working in these areas for several years now as a news and reviews editor. I have been active with various websites, including the smart home blogs homee, Nuki, and siio, as well as tech portals such as Giga and TechRadar. I have been writing news and laptop reviews for Notebookcheck since 2020.
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Enrico Frahn, 2021-07-14 (Update: 2021-07-14)