Super Mario Bros. 3 is widely regarded as one of the greatest platformers of all time, and at least one game collector considers it more valuable than any game to date. Heritage Auctions has announced that a sealed boxed copy of Super Mario Bros. 3 for NES has been sold at the auction for $ 156,000. This will be the most expensive single video game purchase ever.
The previous record was set in July by another Mario game (formerly Super Mario Bros.). A sealed copy of the game sold for $ 114,000, which is a rarer and more special copy. As Heritage Auctions points out, this is a very rare copy of the word “broth”. It is formatted on the left side of the box and overlaps with Mario’s gloves.
This means that this copy is from the first production run of Super Mario Bros. 3 and is extremely rare. The bid started at $ 62,500, more than doubling that number. The bidders are anonymous, but please note that 20 people were involved in bidding on the game.
The copy of this game was Wata 9.2 A + grade. In other words, it’s an untouched copy. Heritage Auctions reports that the auction on November 20th was the first video game auction to record sales totaling over $ 1 million. It also broke the record for the most expensive Pokemon games, and a pristine copy of Pokemon Red for the Game Boy sold for $ 84,000.
If you want to play Super Mario Bros. 3 yourself, you can get it from the NES catalog of the Nintendo Switch Online service. The price is $ 20 per year.