Everyone knows that old games can be worth a fortune depending on how well-kept they have been or whether or not they have been open. Well that was certainly the case for this old Super Mario game for the old Nintendo 64. This particular Super Mario game was launched in 1996 for the Nintendo 64. Even if you aren’t really interested in games, everyone has heard of Mario as it is one of the most influential 3D platform games.
The game cartridge was sealed and experts at the auction house said there were “fewer than five” copies in such good condition. Indeed Wata, a video game collectible firm, tated the game cartridge at 9.8A++, but what does that mean? It means the game was in near perfect condition at that the seal was intact and “like new”. However, a good rating doesn’t always guarantee a high auctioning price. For example, another copy of the game cartridge, which was rated a 9.6A++ sold for $13,200 whereas the record-breaking copy sold for $1.5 million (£1.1 million).
This came just two days after another game had broken records. Indeed an original Legend of Zelda game cartridge had sold for $870,000, briefly making it the world’s most expensive game. Neither of the two games were bought for their rarity as Nintendo has brought both out on their latest console : the Nintendo Switch. Instead they were bought for their physical memorabilia value, the same logic behind rare trading cards ie Pokémon.
People however do buy old copies of games because of their rarity and those are usually the ones that attract the highest bids.
Super Mario 64 was the Nintendo 64’s best-selling game and is now considered as one of the most important games in video game history. It was the first time we saw Mario in 3D. Gamers agree that the game has not aged well and has camera issues, however, it is still considered one of the best video games ever made. The company Heritage Auctions, the ones who organised the auction, was surprised by the game’s eventual selling price.
The copy of The Legend of Zelda had held all the attention. Indeed the game was rated at a 9.0A and was a sealed copy. The game was the first game in the series, so the anticipation was understandable. The whole Zelda series has now become one of the best-performing and most critically-acclaimed games Nintendo has ever released.
It was expected that this copy of the game would fetch a high price as it belonged to an early production run, meaning it was one of the first versions to ever be made and to exist. Heritage Auctions said that to its knowledge, only one earlier production copy is known to exist, and may never be put on sale. “This copy [is] the earliest sealed copy anyone can realistically hope to obtain,” it wrote.