A Nintendo classic video game, Super Mario 64, was sold at auction for $1.56million.
This sale was the first to exceed $1 million in a single game cartridge. It happened just two days after a sealed copy of The Legend of Zelda – which was made for the old Nintendo NES console – was sold for a record $870,000.
🎉#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! https://t.co/SUgiijkkzL#SuperMario #Nintendo #N64 #WATA pic.twitter.com/rHpTuZl95l
— Heritage Auctions (@HeritageAuction) July 11, 2021
Heritage Auctions in Dallas, which handled both the sales, has not yet identified the buyers. The record for a video game auction was set in April 1986 to sell the “Super Mario Bros” cartridge. It sold for $660,000.
In recent years, retro video games have been increasingly popular with nostalgic collectors. This has driven up the prices of old-school cartridges and consoles at auctions.
Record prices have been set for video games, and Pokemon cards and digital collectables called NFTs (Non-Fungible Tokens) in the past year.