Unopened Super Mario Bros. copy from 1985 sells for $100G

Super Mario Bros Sealed Edition

An incredibly well-preserved copy of the original Super Mario Bros. has sold for an eye-watering USA $100,150 ($140,977) at auction, becoming one of the most expensive games ever sold.

There are more copies of Super Mario Bros. out there than any other NES game, and they run the gamut in terms of pricing.

Traded at an collector's auction, the sale of the 34 year old game apparently broke a world record for the largest sum of money ever paid for a single video game, according to Wata Games, the game certficiation company involved in the deal.

Due to its popularity, Nintendo reprinted Super Mario Bros. from 1985 to 1994 numerous times, resulting in 11 different box variations.

While the game itself isn't all that rare, this particular copy is, being one from an early 1985 test launch of the NES console in NY and Los Angeles.

'I've always said personally that I believe that sticker-sealed Mario is possibly one of the most significant video gaming items historically, ' said Deniz Khan, the president of Wata Games who authenticate video game collectables.

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The sealed Mario box is described as "possibly one of the most significant video gaming items historically" by Deniz Khan of Wata Games (a body that authenticates gaming collectibles), who apparently doesn't realize you can buy a slightly-worse-for-wear version of the same cartridge from your local used game store for maybe $50 Dollars tops. The unopened sticker sealed box of the game sold for $101,150 at auction becoming the first video game to sell for six figures.

Nostalgia pays, we can all see that with the plethora of remakes and returning franchises, but who would have thought that Super Mario Bros. could pay that well?

Video game preservation and massive collections are a point of pride for some enthusiasts.

Mr Kahn said the original owner had been holding on to the game for a while and famously would not entertain offers below six figures.

Gieg compared the video game to the historic comic book "Action Comics #1". There's no word as to what they plan to do with the game now, but don't be surprised if you hear it's up for auction again down the line.

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