An unopened copy of Nintendo’s “Super Mario 64” sold at auction Sunday for a whopping $1.56 million, shattering the previous record amount paid for a single video game which was set just two days earlier.
Dallas, TX-based Heritage Auctions noted that it’s the first time a single video game has ever sold for more than $1 million.
Super Mario 64 was released in 1996 and quickly became a classic.
It was the first video game to feature the world-famous Mario character in 3D, Heritage Auctions said in a statement, and it was the best-selling game on the Nintendo 64 console.
The game received the highest possible A++ grade from video game grading company WataGames, Heritage Auctions said, meaning it was preserved in nearly impeccable condition.
A screenshot of the game shows Mario exploring the courtyard of Princess Peach’s castle in full 3D, which was a watershed moment in video game history.Alamy Stock Photo
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