It looks like that record-breaking copy of Legend of Zelda we were literally just talking about has already been dethroned. That didn’t take too long now, did it?
Heritage Auctions announced yesterday that a sealed copy of Super Mario 64 has sold for $1,560,000. This copy of the game holds a 9.8 rating and is now the most valuable video game collectible ever in the entire world. I honestly thought it was going to be years before we saw anything beat that $870,000 Legend of Zelda, but clearly, I was wrong. Zelda held the top spot for about a day before Mario once again reigned supreme.
The Heritage Auctions description reads:
“What can we even say that would do this copy the justice it deserves? The cultural significance of this title and its importance to the history of video games is paramount, and the condition of this copy is just so breathtaking that we’re really at a loss here. If you have had your heart set on obtaining the highest graded copy of the single best-selling video game on the Nintendo 64 — the first 3D adventure of Nintendo’s mascot, Mario — we only have one piece of advice: this is not an opportunity to waste.”
Just for reference, we’ve seen a copy of Super Mario Bros. 3 go for $156,000 and the original Mario Bros sell for both $100,000 and $660,000. These classic games continue to fetch ridiculous amounts of money, but where’s the fun in purchasing a game if you’re not going to play? It’s the power of nostalgia, that’s what.
Okay, now we’ll see how long it’s going to be before something breaks this record. It’s safe to assume this is about as crazy as it’s going to get, but I said that last time.
Here’s the historical making footage: