Find out why the nostalgic 1996 cartridge sold for an insane amount of more than $1.5 million or over Php75 million, becoming the world’s most expensive game.
The recent sale of a Super Mario 64 video game just broke records, as the sealed copy of the 1996 cartridge fetched more than $1.5 million or roughly over Php75 million at an auction. It is now the world’s most expensive game.
The Super Mario 64 was a launch title for the Nintendo 64 console, which marked the iconic video game’s transition to 3D.
Heritage Auctions, the auction house behind the sale, said there are only “fewer than five” copies of the Super Mario 64 known to exist un such good condition.
The now sold unopened million-dollar cartridge was given a 9.8 A++ rating by video game collectable firm Wata, which means its seal is intact and is “like new” or in near-perfect condition.
However, it’s not exactly the high rating nor the rarity of gameplay experience that guarantees a high auction price for video games.
Much like trading cards, classic video games have so much value as physical memorabilia.
Before the sale of the Super Mario 64, the record for the world’s most expensive game was held by an original Legend of Zelda cartridge, which was sold just two days prior.
The original 1988 Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) cartridge sold for a hefty price of $870,000 or around Php43.6 million on Friday.
The 9.0 A-rated sealed copy of The Legend of Zelda is only one of two early production run known to exist and the other copy may never be put on sale.
“This copy [is] the earliest sealed copy anyone can realistically hope to obtain,” Heritage Auctions said in a statement.
The Legend of Zelda was the first game in the series and has been hailed as one of the best-performing and most critically-acclaimed in the entire Nintendo catalogue.
Before the said Zelda cartridge briefly held the record for the world’s most expensive game, it belonged to an original NES Super Mario Bros. cartridge which sold for $660,000 or around Php33 million in April.
The Super Mario Bros. game is the side-scrolling predecessor of the Super Mario 64, featuring the world’s most famous plumber.
Aside from these iconic video games that sold for an insane amount, other collectable games that sold for high prices at the record-breaking auction are a copies of Final Fantasy III for Super Nintendo and Zelda: A Link to the Past, which each sold for $96,000 or around Php4.8 million.