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The most expensive video game ever sold for £ 117,000 at auction

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NES’s Super Mario Bros. 3 could be one of the most widely used video games of the era, but a rare variant sells for £ 117K.

If you’re a completionist, the price you pay to get the final rarity to complete your collection isn’t too high. For American retro fans, the price is $ 156,000 (£ 116,793).

To that end, unnamed collectors got a sealed copy of Super Mario Bros. 3 at NES, one of the most popular and common games on the system. However, there are rare variations of artwork in the box of this game.

If you look closely, you’ll see the word Bros. on the left side of the logo, which hides part of Mario’s hand, but is usually just above the hat on the right side.

That’s the only difference, but it makes a lot of sense to collectors as the game is one of the first copies ever made and few are known to exist in the world yet.

Bidding through the Texan Auction House Heritage Auctions began at $ 62,500 (£ 46,792), with 20 different bidders pushing prices to record prices.

The previous record holder was a similarly early version of Super Mario Bros., which sold for £ 78,000 last year.

In the same auction as the record-breaking Super Mario Bros. 3, a sealed copy of Pokemon Red was sold for $ 84,000 (£ 62,889), even though the game itself was the most successful and widely distributed at the time.

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