Mint copy of Super Mario Bros

Mint copy of Super Mario Bros

The reason this copy of Super Mario Bros. sold for so much is partly because of the way it has been preserved since its original production in 1985. But gamers hoping their own copy of the hugely popular game could be worth a fortune are likely to be disappointed, the Verge reports. "We all knew how hard it is to find an open copy of this version in good condition, but to find one still sealed is truly something I thought I would never see, even after selling vintage video games for over 20 years". "Not only are all of NES sticker sealed games extremely rare, but by their nature of not being sealed in shrink wrap they usually exhibit significant wear after more than 30 years".

While the game itself isn't all that rare, this particular copy is, being one from an early 1985 test launch of the NES console in NY and Los Angeles. The new owners liken this item to Action Comics #1 (the first appearance of Superman) for comic collectors. As Kotaku notes, a NES console at the time was bundled with Duck Hunt and Gyromite, but not Super Mario Bros., which was sold separately.

Due to its popularity, Nintendo reprinted Super Mario Bros. from 1985 to 1994 numerous times, resulting in 11 different box variations.

The game wasn't bought by an individual, but by a consortium including the owner of Just Press Play Video Games, Zac Gieg, and Rich Lecce, a known video game collector and coin dealer. 'Two of the buyers are huge video game collectors...

The seller said he'd only consider offers of $100,000 or more, which takes most game collectors out of the running.

Like 2015's "Super Mario Maker", June 2019 release "Super Mario Maker 2" allows players to create 2D Mario game levels, play them, and share them. A flawless copy of that book sold at auction several years ago for $3.21 million.

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