A sealed copy of the popular Super Mario 64, for console Nintendo 64, made auction history in the United States. The cartridge was purchased for more than $ 1.5 million, topping the record for highest number paidfor a video game.
Super Mario 64, released in June 1996, is an open-world platform video game for the Nintendo 64 video console developed by the Japanese company, which stood out for being the first of the series to have 3D graphics and it was one of the best sellers for your console.
In the 25th anniversary of its release, Heritage Auctions sold a sealed copy of Nintendo’s classic video game on Sunday, featuring a final bid that reached a staggering $ 1,560,000.
The sealed copy of Super Mario 64 broke the record for the highest amount paid for a video game. Photo: DPA.
With this figure, he managed to win the record for the highest amount paid for a collector’s video game, thus beating a copy of The Legend of Zelda which sold for $ 870,000 last Friday, as highlighted The Verge.
It should be noted that Super Mario 64 entered history by introducing elements that later became standards for 3D titles; such was the case of dynamic camera system, which gave players great freedom of movement.
Zelda also breaks records
A closed copy of the first installment of the popular Nintendo franchise, the one that went on sale on the NES console in 1986, also left its mark on the renowned American auction house, mainly because its packaging was in perfect condition.
The winner of the auction, whose name is unknown, paid almost a million dollars for an unopened copy of The Legend of Zelda. The video game had reached the first place among the most expensive, after beating a Super Mario Bros cartridge that reached $ 660,000 just last April.
The Heritage Auctions auction house had auctioned an original copy of The Legends of Zelda (1986).
It is worth mentioning that both articles received excellent ratings from WataGames, an organization that is dedicated to rating classic video games based on their physical conditions. The Legend of Zelda copy received 9.0, while Super Mario Bros boasted an impressive 9.6.
Beyond the excellent condition of The Legend of Zelda, the value increased because it was part of a initial production batch. From Heritage Auctions they knew very well that, if this opportunity is repeated, it will surely take several years.
However, video games are not the only consumer product that is reaching millionaire prices at auction. The pokemon cards they are another example of collectibles whose values have skyrocketed, with rare cards costing thousands upon thousands of dollars.
Pokémon card game. Photo: Heritage Auctions
The last one made by Heritage Auctions was made on a sealed box of letters that belonged to the first edition of the game, launched in 1999, precisely one of the most requested by collectors due to its age and its designs.
Even fans knew that one of the 102 cards in the box was from Charizard, one of the harder-to-get cards in the entire game, than in other auctions (it was published independently) it raised about $ 350,000.