You heard right. A vintage Super Mario Bros. video game has raked in a whopping $114,000 in an auction that went down in Dallas. The lucky winner of the auction has chosen to remain anonymous, despite scoring an unopened copy of the game.
I love a bit of Mario Bros. as much as the next person, but at that price, there are a few things a higher up on my shopping list.
Someone has paid a six-figure price for a vintage Super Mario Bros. game, first released in 1985 for Nintendo’s NES console.
The auction was held by Dallas-based Heritage Auctions along with a range of other rare video games attained throughout the ’80s and ’90s. The winning bid is the highest that the auction house has ever seen, overtaking its predecessor – $100,150 – which was made early in 2019 for an unopened copy of exactly the same game.
To the person who ponied up 6 figures for an NES game…. If it doesn’t work right away, just take the cartridge out and blow on it….
— Sean Ryan (@TFS_Sean) July 12, 2020
It turns out that this vintage game collection was particularly popular amongst bidders, with the entire collection now valued at $700,000, completely obliterating the auction house’s original estimate of $500,000.
Congratulations to the lucky winning bid, if only we all had $114,000 to spare on video games.