Usually, people buy things to use immediately; however, this lucky Super Mario game owner accidentally left the game alone long enough to resell it for a bigger price.
Sold by its seller with a title of “Super Mario Bros. – Wata 9.6 A+ Sealed [Hangtab, 1 Code, Mid-Production], NES Nintendo 1985 USA,” the game was sold for $660,000 at Heritage Auctions, breaking the world record for the most expensive value paid for a video game.
As stated by a Eurogamer, the game was the fourth version produced by Super Mario Bros in 1986. Moreover, it had a “Wata 9.6 A+” rating by Wata Games, a collective grading company, based on the condition of the cartridge.
Heritage Auctions on the Super Mario Item
According to Heritage Auctions in a report, the Super Mario copy sold by the seller was produced in late 1986, making it one of the earliest copies that were produced with plastic shrink wrap instead of a sticker seal.
They continued, “By early 1987, Nintendo was producing a version that had another new variation to their original packaging (an additional ‘code’).” Moreover, finding another copy like this would be like finding a needle in a haystack as the production window for the copy was very brief; thus, discovering another copy from a similar production run in the same condition would be difficult.
They further add, “Never say never, but there’s a good chance it can’t be done.”
The Cartridge’s Seller
Heritage Auctions states that the owner bought the game to give as a Christmas gift, but it ended up stored and forgotten in a drawer instead; until they discovered it again.
The owner informed the auction group, “It stayed in the bottom of my office desk this whole time since the day I bought it.” Moreover, the owner continues, “I never thought anything about it.”
The Value of a Video Game Over Time
Limited and rare releases are a common occurrence in the world of video games, especially ones with diverse editions produced with various exclusive content. These items usually get bought by game collectors these days, although not for a significant price.
However, it is a completely different story if the game is an unopened limited edition from 35 years ago. Games in these conditions are in high demand among game collectors who are willing to spend thousands of dollars to own one.
Unfortunately, the Super Mario game can’t be played for the original NES unless a console or a copycat of it is used. As such, the $660,000 Super Mario game will most likely remain as a sealed collectible that can be resold in the future.
Super Mario is a famous game series by Nintendo. Almost everyone grew up playing the game or played a game from the series at least once. Play any Super Mario Bros. series on a PlayStation 4 or the more portable Nintendo Switch now!