Somebody paid a record $114,000 for a rare Super Mario Bros. video game


An unopened copy of the Super Mario Bros. video game sold for a record $114,000. Credit: Heritage Auctions/

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

(CNN) — An anonymous buyer bid a record $114,000 for a rare, unopened copy of the classic video game Super Mario Bros.

The game cartridge was originally released in 1985 for the popular Nintendo Entertainment System console, according to Dallas-based Heritage Auctions, which ran Friday’s auction.

The winning bid broke the record for the most ever paid for a video game, according to Heritage. A mint-condition copy of the same game sold for $100,150 in February 2019.

This version of Super Mario Bros. was particularly rare because the box with a cardboard hang tab underneath the plastic, an indication that it was produced after Nintendo started using shrink-wrap to seal the games rather than stickers, the company said in a news release.

Listed in excellent condition, Heritage said it is the highest-graded copy of the game the company has ever sold.

The video game auction brought in almost $700,000, according to Heritage.

A prototype of the never-sold Sega Pluto-02 Console brought in a winning bid of $84,000. The prototype, from Sega’s canceled project to create a second model of the Sega Saturn console, never was released to the public, according to Heritage.

A copy of Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!! sold for $50,400. and one of the first sealed copies of Super Mario Bros. 3 sold for $38,400. It’s believed to be one of less than 10 copies left in existence, Heritage said.

Trademark and Copyright 2021 Cable News Network, Inc., a Time Warner Company. All rights reserved.

Trending Stories

Latest News

More News