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Super Mario Bros. 1985

Super Mario Bros. Copy Smashes Record for Most Expensive Game Ever Sold

The plumber from Mushroom Kingdom recently broke his own record, with an anonymous buyer coughing up USD$2 million (AUD$2.72 million) for a never-before-opened copy of Super Marios Bros. from 1985. The previous record was only set last month when a sealed copy of Super Mario 64 was purchased for a cool USD$1.56 million (AUD$2.12 million) at auction.

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Image: Heritage Auctions

A burning demand for nostalgic video games has seen the market boom, with records shattered repeatedly in the last year. Last July, a copy of Super Marios Bros. went for USD$114,000 (AUD$155,000) at an online auction, followed by a copy of Super Marios Bros. 3, selling for USD$156,000 (AUD$212,100) in November. Then, in April this year, another copy of Super Marios Bros. went for $660,000 (AUD$987,465) at auction, which was eventually dethroned by a copy of The Legend of Zelda selling for USD$870,000 (AUD$1.2 million). As seen from this incredible timeline, the prices have exponentially rose – making the recent Super Marios Bros. USD$2 million (AUD$2.72 million) figure slightly more palatable.

With most of the aforementioned vintage games selling via auction, the latest record-breaking transaction took a different path. Collectibles website, Rally, accumulates items such as comics or games and allows people to invest as they would in a company. If an individual makes an offer to buy an item, those investors can vote whether to sell it not. Last April, Rally bought the Super Marios Bros. game for USD$140,000 and shareholders approved the sale to the anonymous individual.

We only hope the buyer made sure the cartridge still works. If not, a good old-fashioned blow should do the trick.

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