A sealed copy of Super Mario 64 has become the most expensive game ever sold, raking in a staggering $1,560,000 at Heritage Auctions yesterday.
Heritage Auctions didn’t go into significant detail regarding what made this copy of Super Mario 64 worth such an astonishing amount of money, so it’s left to reason that it really came down to just being a pristine specimen. After all, it sported a Wata 9.8 A++ quality rating, indicating that it was in near-perfect condition.
Being such a high-quality copy of the game, Heritage Auctions kept the details pretty simple:
Well — we’re a bit speechless on this one. What can we even say that would do this copy the justice it deserves? The cultural significance of this title and its importance to the history of video games is paramount, and the condition of this copy is just so breathtaking that we’re really at a loss here. If you have had your heart set on obtaining the highest graded copy of the single best-selling video game on the Nintendo 64 — the first 3D adventure of Nintendo’s mascot, Mario — we only have one piece of advice: this is not an opportunity to waste.Heritage Auctions
Perhaps the most shocking part of the sale is the fact that it nearly doubled a record set only late last week when a sealed copy of The Legend of Zelda sold for $870,000. Prior to that, the record was set earlier this year by a sealed copy of Super Mario Bros. that went for $660,000. There’s no denying that the prices for these rare iterations of classic games are increasing exponentially, ensuring that it’s not a matter of if, but when, we’ll see the record broken yet again.
Super Mario 64 is obviously among the most important games of all time, as it was one of the very first 3D platformers and helped to solidify the appeal of gaming’s move to the third dimension. Despite this, you’re probably not looking to dish out over 1.5 million bucks to play it, so head right here and check out which modern hardware lets you experience this classic adventure.