“Super Mario 64” is becoming the most expensive video game in the world

Classic games auctioned for more than $ 1.5 million. (Photo: Heritage Auctions)

Just two days after a rare “Zelda” copy was auctioned for a record value, the title for the most expensive video game goes back to Super Mario. An unopened copy of Super Mario 64 was sold at auction for $ 1.56 million.

The auction record was short-lived: on Friday, July 9, 2021, a copy of the NES game “The Legend of Zelda“Auctioned for $ 870,000. On Sunday it was Nintendo’s video game plumber Mario who could claim the record for the most expensive video game of all time. Only had in April of that year an unopened copy of “Super Mario Bros.” raised $ 660,000 at auction in 1986. The title now being auctioned was “Super Mario 64”, the first 3D adventure for the Nintendo mascot.

As with the “Super Mario Bros.” auction, this was also an unopened copy of the game. Both games were auctioned at the US auction house Heritage Auctions based in Dallas. “Super Mario 64” dates from 1996. The copy that is now auctioned had previously received a rating of 9.8 from the rating service Wata. The rating scale of the provider ranges from 0.5 to 10. Ten being the best possible result. In the case of unopened games, Wata also evaluates the condition of the shrink film packaging. The copy of “Super Mario 64”, which sold for more than $ 1.5 million, received the top rating of A ++ in this category.

“Super Mario 64”: Nintendo’s first 3D platformer has set standards

“Super Mario 64” was one of the starting titles of the Nintendo 64. The game is now considered a classic because it ushered in the era of the 3D platformer and inspired countless imitators. The game was developed under the direction of the Mario inventor Shigeru Miyamoto, who was also significantly involved in the development of the classic games “Donkey Kong”, “Super Mario Bros.”, “the Legend of Zelda” and “Super Mario Kart” . With almost twelve million units sold, “Super Mario 64” was the most successful game for the Nintendo 64 console.

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