Video game collectors, what sorts of treasures do you have hiding away in your collections? Depending on the game, the stakes could potentially be high. Recently a sealed copy of Super Mario Bros. sold at auction for $100,105. This sale is record-breaking in the realm of video games. No aged or rare version of any single game has ever sold for this much money.
This, however, isn’t the simple result of a sealed copy of the Super Mario Bros. There are more factors that played into the value of this sale. The game had to be graded along with a certification of its legitimacy. This particular copy received a 9.4 grade, or near mint, from Wata Games, a video game grading service. The rating on the unbroken seal received an A++. Furthermore, this copy comes from the earliest production batch made for the U.S in 1985.
The purchase was a group effort that included buyers from Heritage Auctions, a video game collector, and a video game store owner. What the plans are for this game’s future are anybody’s guess. Maybe they should crack it open and see what’s inside? I kid, of course.
Super Mario Bros. falls squarely in the iconic class of the video game pantheon. It helped catapult Nintendo’s stake in the video game market following the launch of their first home console, the Nintendo Entertainment System. The Mario brothers, themselves, would go on to be mascots for the would-be gaming giant. Over 3 decades later, here we are still stomping goombas and besting Bowser and his goon-squad brood. It’s no wonder that a copy of the game reaching these high preservation and collectable standards was able to sell for a pile of cash this large.
If you’re in the market for one, this auction has now set a precedent. So, you better have the disposable income, or some really rich friends!
Accountant by day, video games enthusiast by night. Somewhere in between all of that, I’m a husband, dad, and generally a giant man-child, too. If a game is all about action, there’s a safe bet I’m playing it. I started laying waste to virtual worlds as a youngin’ on the ol’ Atari and haven’t stopped since.