Super Mario Bros. game cartridge sells for $100,150

Super Mario Bros Sealed Edition

Super Mario Bros Sealed Edition

An unopened copy of the classic Nintendo video game Super Mario Bros. has sold for a record $100,150 (£78,100). The game was sold through Heritage Auctions on February 6 for $100,105 to a group of collectors.

The first two variations are "sticker sealed" copies that were only available in the NY and L.A. test market launch of the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) in 1985 and 1986.

'I've always said personally that I believe that sticker-sealed Mario is possibly one of the most significant video gaming items historically, ' said Deniz Khan, the president of Wata Games who authenticate video game collectables.

The sealed box for the above sold game was part of a test-market run of the platform game which makes it incredibly rare and extremely valuable. In fact, Thrower says this auctioned copy "may be the condition census of all sticker sealed NES games known to exist".

'In terms of rarity, popularity, and relevance to collectors, this game has it all.

That's about £78,000 and it's the most ever spent on a sealed game.

"It turned out to be the largest video game franchise and recognisable character in the world". You can buy a loose copy of the Super Mario Bros. cartridge for a few bucks. Put it into a box with some wear and tear, and you'll maybe spend $US50 ($70). At that time, an NES set came packaged with Duck Hunt and Gyromite, but not Super Mario Bros. Wata Games gave the item a 9.4 "Near Mint" grade and an "A++" seal rating.

The game sold last week to a syndicate of private collectors, said Mr Kahn, who was not involved in the sale.

The group includes Heritage Auctions Co-Chairman Jim Halperin, Zac Gieg, owner of Just Press Play Video Games and coin dealer and video game collector Rich Lecce, the owner of Robert B. Lecce Numismatist Inc. "This is the first appearance of Superman, of video games", he said.

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