Retro game collectors have always been pretty aggressive when it comes to how much they're willing to spend on an awesome new addition to their micro-museums. Now, a group of game collectors has set a new bar for just how high that dollar amount is, as a sealed copy of Super Mario Bros. for the NES has sold for $100,150.
The transaction has now set a record for the single most expensive retro game sale of all time, proving once and for all just how dedicated collectors can be. What makes the copy so special isn't necessarily the fact that it's still sealed and in near-perfect condition, but that it's also one of the earliest copies of the game to have ever been printed, and there may only be one other like it.
It's an important distinction, as later versions are worth significantly less. This new record has more than doubled the price of the previous record holder, which occurred when a copy of the NES game Stadium Events sold for $42,000.
About a year ago, another sealed copy of Super Mario Bros. sold for $30,000, though that copy of the game was from a later run. While both of these prices may seem outrageous to everyday people, some collectors are beginning to see this type of transaction as a good long-term investment, believing that the floodgates are now open for resell values of up to six figures within the next five years.
Needless to say, it's unlikely that many games would be able to fetch as high of a price as this copy of Super Mario Bros. It's arguably the most iconic game ever made and had a direct hand in saving the entire industry after the market crash in the '80s. There are certainly tons of rare titles out there, but most lack the cultural significance of the little red plumber, which is still one of the most talked about games on social media today.
It'll be interesting to see just how long this record holds up. The group of buyers doesn't seem interested in selling their new talking point anytime soon, and it's unlikely a better condition copy of the game will surface in the near future. Regardless, it may be time for gamers to check their attics for any loose treasures laying around.
Source: Ars Technica