An almost perfect copy of Super Mario Bros. because the NES sold for $ 660,000 at auction. In what turned out to be a 13-bidder contest, $ 550,000 went to the original owner of the game. The copy was one of the first shrink-wrapped versions of the games you could buy in the United States (Super Mario Bros. eventually got 11 different box variants, according to WATA games).
Heritage Auctions, the company that oversaw the sale, said Ars Technica it dates back to late 1986. It was allegedly bought as a Christmas present and left unopened in a desk drawer for nearly four decades. “I never thought of anything,” said the salesperson, who asked to remain anonymous, of the auction house.
The $ 660,000 for this copy Super Mario Bros. sold for is crazy when you consider the Nintendo PlayStation, a one-of-a-kind prototype representing a unique piece of gaming history, sold for $ 360,000 auctioned last year. More recently, someone paid $ 156,000 to purchase a crisp copy of Super Mario Bros. 3. It makes you wonder how much the owner would have left if he had simultaneously tried to cash in the NFT craze of sorts.