A sealed copy of Nintendo’s Super Mario 64 has been sold at an auction for $1.56 million, considered to be the highest price ever for a video game at auction.
The Dallas-based Heritage Auctions, which conducted the auction, tweeted Sunday that the 1996 game was sold for a world record price. It smashed the previous record price of $870 thousand for an unopened copy of Nintendo’s The Legend of Zelda on Friday.
The whereabouts of the person who purchased the classic Nintendo Super Mario 64 game are not known.
In a tweet, the auction house said, “#HERITAGELIVE #WORLDRECORD!! Super Mario 64 – Wata 9.8 A++ Sealed, N64 Nintendo 1996 USA just sold for $1,560,000 at #HeritageAuctions, smashing previous mark of $870K, set Friday at Heritage for The Legend of Zelda!”
Super Mario 64, which was released in 1996, became the best-selling game on the Nintendo franchise. It was the first to feature the Mario character in 3D.
According to Heritage, it was the first time a game had been sold for more than $1 million.
Valarie McLeckie, Heritage’s video game specialist, said, “After the record-breaking sale of the first game in the Zelda series on Friday, the possibility of surpassing $1 million on a single video game seemed like a goal that would need to wait for another auction.”
Heritage Auctions reportedly had sold an unopened copy of Nintendo’s Super Mario Bros for $660,000 in April.
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