An anonymous buyer paid $2 million (approximately Rs 14.84 crore) to buy an unopened copy of Super Mario Bros, a game that had become wildly popular around the turn of this century and continues to garner a devoted following. The astonishing sale price of the 1985 game for Nintendo’s original console broke a record set just a month ago when a sealed copy of Super Mario 64 sold at auction for $1.56 million ( around Rs. 11.58 crore). The latest record is the highest price paid for a video game of any title, according to collectibles website Rally.
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…with the $2,000,000 sale of our Super Mario Bros. of 1985, marking the HIGHEST PRICE EVER PAID for a video game of any title.
— Rally (@OnRallyRd) August 6, 2021
The record for most expensive video games has been broken several times over the past year. In July last year, a copy of Super Mario sold for $114,000 (Rs. 84.65 lakhs) at an auction. In November, another copy was sold at auction for $156,000 (Rs. 1.15 crores). This record was broken in April this year at $660,000 (Rs. 4.90 crores).
In July this year, a copy of The Legend of Zelda fetched $870,000 (Rs. 6.45 crores).
While most of the games that fetched a huge price were auctioned off, SuperMario 1985’s sale took place on a slightly different system. Rally, the website, buys items and invites people to invest in shares of those items. Investors then have a say in whether to hold or sell when an offer comes in for the item.
The New York Times, which first reported the record sale price, said Rally bought the 1985 Super Mario game in April last year for $140,000 (Rs. 1.03 crores). It also reported that investors passed on an offer of $300,000 (Rs. 2.22 crores) later in 2020. A graduate student who spoke to the publication said he invested $100 (Rs. 7 423) in game shares and earned $950 (Rs. 70,518) from the sale.
The Super Mario Bros game series, first released in 1985, was created by Nintendo.