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The previous record price for a single video game in its original packaging is US $ 156,000. A rare copy of the NES game Super Mario Bros 3 was auctioned at that price in November.
The record is now set – again by an NES game. This is Super Mario Bros. The game is in its original packaging, never opened and was rated 9.6 out of 10, which is considered “almost as good as new”.
The highest bid is currently $ 310,000. Added to this is the auction commission, which means that the buyer would have to pay $ 376,000 for the game.
It’s not the earliest version of Super Mario Bros from 1985, but it is one of the earliest copies of the game with the cardboard box shrink-wrapped in plastic. This version was only sold for a short time in late 1986. Valarie McLeckie, video game specialists at Heritage Auctions, assumes that fewer than 10 of the Super Mario Bros original shrink-wrapped exist.
The correct auction for the game has not yet started. The bids submitted so far are advance bids. The live auction will take place from April 1st to 4th.