- Aug 25, 2020
A sealed copy of Super Mario Bros. for the NES just sold for $114,000 USD, which is now the world record for the sale of a single game. Kotaku's Chris Kohler Tweeted out the news for this Super Mario Bros. copy that was sold on Heritage Auctions, which you can see below. This copy of Super Mario Bros., which was released in 1985 as a launch title for the NES, features a carboard hangtab, which "were originally used on the US test market copies of black box games, back before plastic was used to seal each game." These carboard hangtabs were only in production for a few months, a short time for a game that has gone on to sell over 40 million copies since its release. [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2020/01/30/top-10-console-launch-games-ever"] In 2019, another copy of Super Mario Bros. sold for $100,150 USD, making it the world-record holder until this new sale, which is actually a newer printing than the previous one. We did a deep-dive into why these cartridges are so valuable and brought in Kelsey Lewin, the co-owner of Pink Gorilla Games, and Frank Cifaldi, founder of The Video Game History Foundation, to help tell the story. This sale is one of the many in the video game world that have sold at a high price, including the Nintendo PlayStation prototype that sold for $360,000. [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=top-10-best-selling-video-games-of-all-time&captions=true"] [poilib element="accentDivider"] Have a tip for us? Want to discuss a possible story? Please send an email to [email protected]. Adam Bankhurst is a news writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @AdamBankhurst and on Twitch.