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‘Super Mario’ cartridge sold for video game record $1.5 million

/ 07:34 AM July 12, 2021
A cleaner mops the floor in front of a Nintendo’s Super Mario game character decoration at Narita Airport in China prefecture on June 1, 2021.

A cleaner mops the floor in front of a Nintendo’s Super Mario game character decoration at Narita Airport in China prefecture on June 1, 2021. (AFP)

WASHINGTON, United States  – A cartridge of Nintendo’s classic video game “Super Mario 64” set a world record Sunday, selling at auction for $1.56 million.

The sale, the first ever of a game cartridge to surpass $1 million, came just two days after a sealed copy of “The Legend of Zelda” — made for the old Nintendo NES console — sold for a then-record of $870,000.

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Dallas-based Heritage Auctions, which handled both sales, has not identified the buyers.Before Friday, the record for a video game auction was the sale in April of a 1986 “Super Mario Bros.” cartridge: it went for $660,000.

Retro video games have become increasingly popular among nostalgic collectors in recent years, driving up prices for old-school consoles and cartridges at auctions.

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The past year has seen record prices not only for video games but also for Pokemon cards and for the digital collectibles known as NFTs (Non-Fungible Tokens).

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TOPICS: cartridge, Super Mario, Super Mario 64
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