Copy Of Super Mario Bros. Smashes Record For The Most Ever Paid For A Video Game

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A video game forgotten in a desk drawer for 35 years has smashed the record for most ever paid for a video game.

A copy of Super Mario Bros. far exceeded the previous record of $114,000 when it sold on 2 April for $660,000 in Heritage Auctions' Comics & Comic Art Auction.

Super Mario Bros. - Wata 9.6 A+ Sealed [Hangtab, 1 Code, Mid-Production], NES Nintendo 1985 USA is the finest copy known to have been professionally graded for auction.

The previous world record for a copy of Super Mario Bros. was set in July 2020 by Heritage Auctions.

"As soon as this copy of Super Mario Bros. arrived at Heritage, we knew the market would find it just as sensational as we did," Heritage Auctions Video Games Director Valarie McLeckie said. "Even so, the degree to which this game was embraced outside the market has been nothing short of exceptional, and that aspect of this sale has certainly exceeded our expectations. Though, I suppose we can't be too shocked; who doesn't love Mario?"

The classic Nintendo video game was purchased in late 1986 as a Christmas gift, but ended up being placed inside a desk drawer, where it remained untouched for 35 years, before being discovered earlier this year. It is the finest known copy of the oldest sealed hangtab version.

"It stayed in the bottom of my office desk this whole time since the day I bought it," said the seller, who asked not to be identified. "I never thought anything about it."