A certified near mint condition copy of the timeless NES classic Super Mario Bros. has sold for $100,150 USD at an auction. This makes it the first-ever video game to sell for six-figures.
The reason it fetched such a high price is linked to the rarity. Between 1985 and 1986 in New York and L.A. at test market launches, Nintendo sold a total of two NES cartridges in “sticker sealed” boxes instead of the usual shink wrap. This version is one of the two original sticker copies and has never been opened.
According to US Gamer, the copy was purchased by a group on 6th February, comprised of various collectors and auctioneers. One of these individuals was Jim Halperin, who runs Heritage Auctions. He began auctioning Wata certified games himself at the start of 2019.
Certified classics have in the past sold for five-figures, but after this sale, auctioneers believe costs of games like this will only rise. Of course, this isn’t the first time we’ve seen this particular title go for a high amount. In 2017, a copy of the same game sold on eBay for the much more affordable price of $30,000.
The original Super Mario Bros. release on the NES dates back to 1985 and has since sold more than 40 million physical copies worldwide. If you would like to play the original version of this game on the Nintendo Switch, you’ll need to subscribe to the online service.