Super Mario

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A sealed copy of video clip game Super Mario 64 has sold at auction for more than $1.5m (£1.1m), shattering records.




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The 1996 cartridge was a launch title for the Nintenvày 64 console, và was one of the most influential early 3 chiều platformers.


The sale dwarfed another record-breaker, an original Legend of Zelda cartridge, phối just two days before.


That original Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) cartridge sold for $870,000 on Friday, briefly making it the world's most expensive sầu game.


Neither game was bought for the rarity of its gameplay experience - Nintenvày has rereleased both for its Nintenvì Switch console.


The Super Mario 64 cartridge was graded by video game collectable firm Wata at a 9.8 A++ rating - meaning it is both in near-perfect condition and its seal is intact và "like new".


A high rating is not enough to lớn guarantee a high auction price - although it helps. Another copy of Super Mario 64 in the same auction with a 9.6 A++ rating sold for a comparatively affordable $13,200.


Super Mario 64 was the best-selling game for the Nintenvì chưng 64 system, & is widely seen as an important game in video game history. It marked Mario's first move sầu inkhổng lồ three dimensions, distinct from his side-scrolling origins.


While many modern gamers feel it has not aged particularly well and is widely thought lớn have sầu significant camera issues, it is still considered among the best đoạn Clip games ever made. Heritage Auctions, the company behind the sale, was taken by surprise at the huge price it eventually attracted.




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The 9.0 A-sealed copy of 1988's The Legend of Zelda was the first game in the series, & has gone on to be one of the best-performing và most critically-acclaimed in Nintendo's entire catalogue.


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It was expected khổng lồ reach a high price because this copy belonged to an early production run - making it one of the first ever made to still exist. Heritage Auctions said that to its knowledge, only one earlier production copy is known khổng lồ exist, và may never be put on sale.


Many expressed surprise that the Mario cartridge - which sold millions & millions of copies - sold for so much.


Kelsey Lewin, a director at California's Video trò chơi History Foundation, tweeted: "despite a lack of population reports, there are many known sealed Super Mario 64 first prints".


Well, I figured the first million dollar game was imminent, but I didn't think it was gonmãng cầu be today... or this. pic.twitter.com/jKWRY8sNSq

— Chris Kohler (

Video game collectables have sầu been fetching higher & higher prices, leading some to lớn question whether the market is over-inflated.


The sale of the Zelda cartridge shattered the previous record, set in April for an original NES cartridge of Super Mario Bros, the first side-scrolling platformer featuring the famous plumber, which sold for $660,000.




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The record-breaking auction this week saw a huge range of collectable games go for high prices - a copy of Final Fantasy III for the Super Nintenvày sold for $96,000, as did a copy of Zelda: A Link lớn the Past.