The world of collecting gives us another crazy auction and this time too it is a copy of Super Mario Bros. to be the protagonist. In 2017, one had been sold at a price in excess of $ 30,000, but this record broke all records, as the final auction price reached the stratospheric figure of $ 114,000.
This specific copy of Super Mario Bros. has an overall rating of 9.4 (out of 10) and A + (the maximum is A ++) as regards the conditions of the object and packaging respectively. Obviously the certification was made by the WataGames team, one of the points of reference for the evaluation of the collectible video games that become part of private collections or that must be entered in the auction circuit.
But what pushed the price of this copy so high is not only the excellent state of conservation of the game: it is in fact one of the first Super Mario Bros. units to have been imported into the United States. It has been recognized by the presence of the tongue that allows you to hang the game on the shelf.
This particular tongue is a remnant of the Japanese sales package creation system but is completely useless in the United States, as each copy of the game was subsequently wrapped in plastic packaging that made the tongue inaccessible. That auctioning is therefore one of the versions produced during the transition from the old to the new packaging system, which makes it even more rare and sought after by collectors. In fact, copies of this type remained in production for a few months, so the units available are very limited, especially in these conditions.
According to reports from Heritage Auctions, the platform on which it was sold, this is the highest figure ever reached for a video game. Who knows, in the future some grade 10 and A ++ editions that break this record won't come up.