Over the weekend, the world record for the highest-priced video game sale was well and truly smashed, with an ultra-rare copy of The Legend of Zelda on NES selling for a mind-blowing $870,000 USD. It's a number that's impossible for most of us to even comprehend, and we never would have expected to see a video game sell for such a high amount ever. Now, though, that $870k sounds piddly.
Yesterday, that record was broken yet again, this time by a sealed, immaculate copy of Super Mario 64 for the Nintendo 64. The game sold for an unbelievable $1,560,000 USD, which is just, well... What?
The sale took place at Heritage Auctions, who had this to say about the sealed game:
Super Mario 64 - Wata 9.8 A++ Sealed, N64 Nintendo 1996 USA.
"Well — we're a bit speechless on this one. What can we even say that would do this copy the justice it deserves? The cultural significance of this title and its importance to the history of video games is paramount, and the condition of this copy is just so breathtaking that we're really at a loss here. If you have had your heart set on obtaining the highest graded copy of the single best-selling video game on the Nintendo 64 — the first 3D adventure of Nintendo's mascot, Mario — we only have one piece of advice: this is not an opportunity to waste."
Somebody definitely didn't let that opportunity go to waste. Here's a closer look at the front and back of the box. It's very cool and all, but $1.5 million?!
We'd usually end things here by saying that we'll likely never see a video game sale of this magnitude ever again, but that's how we felt a few days ago with the Zelda listing. Tune in next week for a sealed copy of Ocarina of Time fetching a cool $2.1 million.