The sealed copy of Super Mario 64 sold for a record price
A new record has been set for the most valuable game of all time after a sealed copy of Super Mario 64 sold at auction for more than a million pounds.
Retro games have been collected and sold online at various sales events for decades, and it seems things are only getting more valuable.
This week’s record-breaking news was set by what has been labeled a Nintendo 64 title in pristine condition, which sold at auction for $1.56 million (£1.12 million).
And what makes this story so compelling is that there are many people who can check their own back catalog of retro titles or dusty boxes of junk in the attic for something similar.
Super Mario 64 was first released by Nintendo in 1996 and became the best-selling game on the Nintendo 64 console.
And with over 11 million copies sold, chances are you can find your own retro titles in dust or at the trunk sale.
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What makes this copy so valuable is its condition, with Super Mario 64 originally being sold in cardboard boxes.
It makes it even harder to find one in perfect condition, and a rating system exists for figuring out how pristine a retro video game is.
As an example, the video game review company Wata listed the $1.56 million sold copy of Super Mario 64 with a 9.8 A++, which is almost a perfect score.
And the official Super Mario Auction Page describes the unique lot number in the highest terms and tells potential bidders:
“Well – we’re a little speechless about this. What can we even say that this copy would do the justice it deserves?
“The cultural significance of this title and its importance to video game history is paramount, and the condition of this copy is so breathtaking that we are really at a loss here.
“If you’ve set your sights on getting the highest-rated copy of the best-selling video game on Nintendo 64 — the first 3D adventure from Nintendo’s mascot, Mario — we have only one piece of advice: this is not a chance to waste.”
It’s unclear at this point which retro video game could top this copy of Super Mario 64 in the future.
Super Mario 64 became the best-selling retro game at auction just days after another cartridge game set a new record.
An earlier auction of a copy of The Legend of Zelda from the NES console set a new all-time high of $870,000, which lasted just a few days.
And research conducted earlier this month revealed which retro video games are the most popular around the world.
#HERITAGELIVE #WORLD RECORD!! Super Mario 64 – Wata 9.8 A++ Sealed, N64 Nintendo 1996 USA just sold for $1,560,000 at #Heritage Auctions, which broke the previous figure of $870K set on Friday at Heritage for The Legend of Zelda! https://t.co/SUgiijkkzL#Super Mario #Nintendo #N64 #WATA pic.twitter.com/rHpTuZl95l
— Heritage Auctions (@HeritageAuction) July 11, 2021
The findings revealed by Lots of spins revealed that Super Mario 64 was ranked as a firm favorite across Europe among 15 countries on the continent, including but not limited to Norway and Sweden, both of which had an average monthly search volume of 1,600 for the game, followed by Austria (1,300), and Germany (9900).
Duke Nukem was yet another popular choice among European countries, with the most wanted retro video game in six, including Bulgaria, Estonia, Finland, Lithuania, Slovakia and Slovenia.
Of those countries, the highest average monthly search volume came from Finland, with residents making an average of 1,000 searches for the retro title each month. Bulgaria performs an average of 210 searches per month, Slovakia performs 480 and Estonia, Lithuania and Slovenia 140 each.
Sonic 3D Blast, Metal Slug and Devil May Cry were also ranked as the favorite retro video games in numerous European countries, demonstrating widespread popularity for the titles across the region.
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