WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A 1986 version of the Super Mario Bros. game was sold at an auction for $660,000 on Friday.
- It was the highest ever bought video game in an auction.
- The WataGames graded the video game with a 9.6/A+.
A sealed copy of Nintendo’s popular video game Super Mario Bros. was sold on a Friday auction for a staggering amount of $660,000. The copy was kept and forgotten in a desk drawer for three and a half decades.
Per Heritage Auctions, the facilitator of the sale, it was the highest bid made for a video game, which already covered the buyer’s premium. The second highest-bought game was a 1987 version of a Mega Man cartridge that was sold for $144,000, bought in the same year.
The auction firm said that the video game was bought as a Christmas gift in 1986. The cartridge was concealed until the seller just discovered it earlier this year.
“It stayed in the bottom of my office desk this whole time since the day I bought it. I never thought anything about it,” the unnamed seller said.
Based on a news release, the video game was officially graded by WataGames with a score of 9.6/A+. The grading firm described the unopened game as “the finest copy known to have been professionally graded for auction.”
According to Heritage Auctions, the game was one of the earliest produced copies that were shrink-wrapped. It was not packaged with the sticker seal that became more common in modern times.
The game’s version was initially available on the market in 1986. Nintendo then shortly altered the packaging early on the following year. Only a few copies were sold with that specific version and packaging.
“Since the production window for this copy and others like it was so short, finding another copy from this same production run in similar condition would be akin to looking for [a] single drop of water in an ocean. Never say never, but there’s a good chance it can’t be done,” video games director for Heritage Auctions Valarie McLeckie said.
A 1985 copy of the same video game was purchased last July for over $114,000. Then in November, a sealed version of Super Mario Bros. 3 was also sold for a whopping $156,000, the highest at that time.