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

A Mint Condition Copy Of The OG ‘Super Mario Bros.’ Just Sold For $140K

This mint condition copy of the game that sold for over $100,000 is the only known "sticker sealed" copy that was certified by Wata Games which gave it a Near Mint grade of 9.4 and "Seal Rating" of A++.

The game came out in 1985 after the video game crash of 1983, in which other makers - including Atari and Intellivision - pumped out low-quality games and many people regarded the industry as a fad.

The first two variations are "sticker sealed" copies that were only available in the NY and L.A. test market launch of the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) in 1985 and 1986.

So this game survived without ever being opened and, not only that, being barely damaged at all despite not coming with shrink wrap. It was bought jointly by three collectors, who will share ownership. Your plebian copy of Super Mario Bros.is probably worth jack all, unless it's still in the box and in decent condition, of course.

The buyers include Jim Halperin, founder and co-chairman of Heritage Auctions, Zac Gieg, owner of Just Press Play Video Games in Lancaster, PA, and Rich Lecce, a renowned video game collector.

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'In terms of rarity, popularity, and relevance to collectors, this game has it all. You can buy a loose copy of the Super Mario Bros. cartridge for a few bucks. Put it into a box with some wear and tear, and you'll maybe spend $US50 ($70).

This isn't the first example of a Nintendo game selling for six figures.

He said the game-collecting market was starting to mature and head down the same path as coins and comic books before it.

"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". That's something like what this copy of Super Mario Bros. represents to collectors.

The iconic game was reprinted several times from 1985 to 1994.

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