Sealed Super Mario 64 game breaks record, sells for $1.5m at auction
By Ray Ampoloquio July 11, 2021
Super Mario 64 arrived way back in 1996 and was a monumental achievement for Nintendo.
It was the first Super Mario game to feature 3D graphics and is widely considered one of the most influential titles of all time.
Now, a sealed and graded copy of 1996's Super Mario 64 just sold for $1.56 million, which makes it the most expensive game ever sold.
The boxed US copy of Super Mario 64 was sold during the Video Game Signature Auction by Heritage Auctions.
One of the biggest reasons for the price of the Super Mario 64 copy was the 9.8 grading by Wata Games, which meant that it was in "Like New" condition.
What is surprising here is how much more expensive the copy graded at 9.8 is compared to the same game that was graded at 9.6.
Whereas the 9.8-graded copy was sold for a record-breaking price of $1.56 million, the 9.6-graded copy was sold for just $13,200.
It will be interesting to see just how much more expensive copies of rare video games will sell in the future.
If you happen to have invested a huge sum of money in a Wada-graded rare video game in hopes of making a profit out of it, we recommend that you proceed with caution.
If you happen to be an older gamer with copies of now-vintage gaming titles, now might be the time to see what they could be worth!
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