Sat, 11 Jul 2020 22:04:07
RakitAplikasi.com/en - Super Mario Bros. continues to break records three and a half decades after its release. A mint copy of the US version of the 1985 game just sold for $ 114,000 at Heritage Auctions, breaking the previous record set by a copy of Super Mario Bros. in the same condition that sold for $ 100,150 at last year's auction.
That makes it, according to game collector and journalist Chris Kohler, the most expensive game ever sold to date.
A sealed copy of Super Mario Bros. just sold at auction for $114,000, which is a new record for the sale of a single game. Bet the owners of the $100,000 one, which is an earlier printing, feel great today. pic.twitter.com/lVdcla8d19— Chris Kohler (@kobunheat) July 10, 2020
What makes this special version so coveted? Well, it's rated at 9.4 out of 10, which means it's in almost perfect condition, with everything sealed in the original packaging. This is also a special version of the US retail edition, which experiences several iterations from time to time. Here's Heritage with a neat explanation of what is called a cardboard hangtab which makes this unit very rare:
Heritage also outlines a broader picture in terms of game value and nostalgia factors: it is the best-selling game on the original NES console of all time, besides being the first entry in the Super Mario Bros series and marking the first appearance of the Bowser villain series.
But why, of all items, is this one worth $ 114,000? We cannot be completely sure, because the auction winner remains anonymous. Usually, these buyers, often very wealthy, want to stay that way. That said, it is certainly believable that someone with money and dedication to building the rarest Nintendo collection or video game would want something like this on a shelf (or maybe sealed in a glass or in a safe).
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