A sealed copy of Super Mario Bros. 3 for the NES sold for $156,000 USD shattering the previous record for the highest price paid for a video game at auction.
Super Mario Bros. 3
The jaw-dropping selling price is due to the quality and rarity of the item. “Super Mario Bros. 3 – Wata 9.2 A+ Sealed [“Bros.” Left, First Production], NES Nintendo 1990 USA.” The Wata scale is a measurement of the quality of the seal ranging from 0.5-10 with 10 being the highest quality.
This copy of the beloved game has attained a 9.2 on the scale, earning it an A+ for exceptional condition meaning “a seal that is in near mint condition, but has a few small flaws that are not very distracting. Can have light scuffs or other small detracting marks, but no holes.”
Mama Mia Mario!
The record for highest selling price for a video game at an auction had previously been set in July when the 1985 Super Mario Bros. sold for a staggering $114,000. Valarie McLeckie, Heritage Auctions’ Director of Video Games says “We couldn’t be more pleased about breaking the world record for the second time in the same year, that said, it’s no surprise that another Mario game, which so many of us grew up with, would set the new bar.” The reason the game sold for such a high price isn’t just due to the condition of the game by itself, the packaging of the game itself is incredibly rare as the “Bros.” is formatted to the left, covering one of Mario’s white gloves. Many collector’s have spent years looking for a version like this to no avail.
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