Image: Unopened Super Mario 64 game from 1996 sells for A$2.08m. Source: NBC

Super Mario 64 Video Game Sells For Over $2m at Auction, Shattering World Record

25 years ago, if you bought yourself a copy of Super Mario 64 and kept it sealed in mint condition, you could be enjoying over $2 million profit right now.

An unknown bidder has paid US$1.56 million (A$2.08 million) for a 25-year-old copy of Super Mario 64 in its original packaging, a record price for a video game.

Heritage Auctions said it is the first game ever sold at auction to bring more than US$1 million (A$1.34 million).

The result exceeds the previous global record, which was achieved just two days before when Heritage sold The Legend of Zelda – Wata 9.0 A Sealed [No Rev-A, Round SOQ, Early Production], NES Nintendo 1987 USA for US$870,000 (A$1.16 million), which was the highest price ever paid for a video game at auction at the time.

The Wata scale, which ranges from 1 to 10, is a system for grading the condition of rare video games.

Heritage Auctions video games specialist Valarie McLeckie said after the record-breaking sale of the Zelda game, they thought it would be some time before the US$1 million ($1.34 million) price tag for a game was surpassed.

“We were shocked to see that it turned out to be in the same one,” she said.

“We are proud to have been a part of this historic event, and look forward to being on the forefront of the video game hobby and serving such a dedicated collector community in the years to come.”

The game is the highest-graded copy of Nintendo’s mascot Mario’s debut 3D adventure, which was the single best-selling video game on the Nintendo 64.

“This is the only graded copy in a 9.8 A++ which is effectively the highest feasible grade one could hope to receive from Wata,” McLeckie said.

Over the past year, the demand for factory-sealed, unopened video games has expanded.

An untouched edition of Nintendo’s Super Mario Bros. that had been purchased as a Christmas present in 1986 but lay neglected in a desk drawer until recently was sold by Heritage Auctions at auction for US$660,000 (A$881,000) in April.

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