Becoming a gamer can be quite expensive. Not only do you have to fork out a large sum of money for the latest consoles or PC parts, but you also have to keep up with the latest gaming releases, which can vary from R700 a game up to R1200.
You might then expect that collecting older games would be a much cheaper alternative to bolster your collection, but if a recently sold Mario game is anything to go by, this couldn’t be any less true.
A sealed copy of Super Mario Bros. 3 from the year 1990 is now officially the most expensive game ever sold after it was purchased for an eye-watering R2.3 million during an event held by Heritage Auction. It beat out the previous record-holder, Super Mario Bros, which sold for R1.7 million in June of this year, according to The Verge.
The reason this particular Mario game sold for such a large amount is almost as absurd as the price itself, and it’s all down to the box. On a normal Super Mario Bros. 3 box, the word ‘Bros.’ is usually printed on the right, whereas this copy of the game has the world ‘Bros.’ printed on the left-hand side of the box, slightly covering a small part of Mario’s iconic white glove. This minor misprint means it is one of the earliest versions of the game in SMB3‘s production history. The game and box are also in excellent condition, with a Wata 9.2 A+ rating, which only adds to its value.
For comparison’s sake, Heritage Auctions sold one sealed Wata 9.0 A copy of this variant in July for the all-in price of R500,000, proving what a difference a slightly better grade, and four months, can make.
#heritageLive: WORLD RECORD!! Super Mario Bros. 3 – Wata 9.2 A+ Sealed [“Bros.” Left, First Production], NES Nintendo 1990 USA brings $156,000 – more than five times its estimate and the highest price ever paid for a video game. #AuctionUpdate #VideoGames #SuperMarioBros pic.twitter.com/7v3wykH63u
— Heritage Auctions (@HeritageAuction) November 20, 2020