A Sealed Copy of Super Mario Bros

Ruben Fields
July 13, 2020

Super Mario Bros has broken its own record, once again becoming the most expensive videogame ever sold.

A sealed copy of Super Mario Bros. for the NES just sold for $114,000 United States dollars, which is now the world record for the sale of a single game. A mint-condition copy of the same game sold for $100,150 in February 2019.

This version of Super Mario Bros. was particularly rare because the box with a cardboard tab underneath the plastic, an indication that it was produced after Nintendo started using shrink wrap to seal games in place of stickers, the company said in a press release.

A sealed copy of the 1985 Nintendo game ‘Super Mario Bros.’ for the Nintendo Entertainment System console
A sealed copy of the 1985 Nintendo game ‘Super Mario Bros.’ for the Nintendo Entertainment System console. Heritage Auctions

A mint copy of a United States version of the 1985 Super Mario Bros.game just sold for $114,000 at Heritage Auctions, breaking the previous record set by a copy of Super Mario Bros. in similar condition that sold for $100,150 at an auction a year ago.

The Super Mario Bros. copy that sold for a new record was part of a collection of video games from the 1980s and 1990s that sold to various buyers for almost $700,000, which was well above Heritage Auction's initial target of about $500,000.

A prototype of the never-sold Sega Pluto-02 Console brought in a winning bid of US$84,000. Other noteworthy merchandise provided a sealed duplicate of Mike Tyson's Punch-Out that offered for $50,000 and a first-urgent, extremely-unusual copy of Super Mario Bros.

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