A pristine 'Super Mario Bros.' cartridge sold for over $100,000

Nintendo reprinted Super Mario Bros. from 1985 to 1994 numerous times resulting in 11 different box variations

That's some serious coin. The game is the only known "sticker sealed" version of its kind in existence, one of a mere handful to be released as part of Nintendo's first production run of Super Mario Bros. during its NY and L.A. test market launch. More information about the auction is available here.

As The Verge points out, it might not be the most expensive game ever, but it's certainly the most expensive one that's been professionally graded and certified.

So this game survived without ever being opened and, not only that, being barely damaged at all despite not coming with shrink wrap.

'Super Mario Bros. launched the world's largest game franchise and this copy is the only known sealed example from Nintendo's test market release'.

As trivial as that sounds it bumped the price up to record-breaking levels, although there is something very odd about who bought it. There were 17 of them (later expanded to 27) including Super Mario Bros., Excitebike, Soccer, and Duck Hunt.

This sale represents a huge jump over the copy of Super Mario Bros. that sold in 2017 for over $US30,000 ($42,119), which itself was a record price. Wata Games also noted the box's original stickers were in amazingly good shape.

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Mr Kahn said the original owner had been holding on to the game for a while and famously would not entertain offers below six figures.

Nintendo reprinted Super Mario Bros. from 1985 to 1994 numerous times due to its high popularity, which resulted in 11 different box variations.

Gieg compared the video game to the historic comic book "Action Comics #1".

I estimate I spent around 800 hours playing Super Mario Maker on the Wii U. My friend (and professional Super Mario speedrunner) GrandPOOBear, however, has spent 5,000 hours.

"I've always said, and truly believe", he said, that a sticker-sealed Mario like this one "would be the first million-dollar video game". There's no word as to what they plan to do with the game now, but don't be surprised if you hear it's up for auction again down the line.

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