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Mint Condition Super Mario 64 Sells for Record-Breaking $1.5m




One of the few remaining sealed copies of Super Mario 64 has sold for a record-breaking $1.5 million at auction, making it the most expensive video game ever to be shipped from the market.

US-based Heritage Auctions held the bidding warfare on Sunday, escalating quite the hype over the rarity of the product. Of course, any gamer will understand the acclaim behind the Nintendo classic, though none would really justify such a figure for a near-perfect copy of the cartridge. Except, well — someone actually did see reason in forking over $1.5 million for it.

“This is Mario’s debut appearance in a 3D world, and it was the most popular – bestselling – video game for the N64,” Valarie McLeckie of Heritage Auctions stated. “Considering this, and the fact that there are fewer than five sealed in this grade according to Wata, this copy is a true prize for any serious collector.”

Prior to the deal being made, the rare copy was branded with a 9.8 A++ rating by collectable firm Wata. And while many wouldn’t fathom paying well over a million dollars for such a pristine edition of the timeless classic, collectors, on the other hand, weren’t thinking twice about sinking into the back pockets for it. Of course, being one of the pioneers in the 3D gaming world, as well as the face of gaming as a whole – the hunger for the cartridge does make some level of sense.

Well, someone must’ve walked away happy after that sale.

And then there was Zelda, sitting comfortably at half the sale value…

In light of Super Mario 64 selling for a whopping $1.5 million, this does mean that the 1988 copy of The Legend of Zelda has now been slumped back to second place. Although only taking place two days prior, the $870,000 sale of the NES game has already been blown out of the water, with Super Mario now doubling the record. But even still, that’s over $2 million on two classic Nintendo games in one weekend. Now that’s something to ponder over.

So, will you be digging around in your attic for old Nintendo games this weekend? Would you spend over a million dollars on a game if given the chance? Let us know over on our socials here

Jord is an aspiring journalist and self-published author, as well as a lover of all things gaming and media.