Sealed Super Mario Bros. Sells for $660,000 at Auction

Image: Heritage Auctions

A sealed copy of Super Mario Bros. has sold for $660,000. Rated 9.6 A+, this is an extremely rare fourth edition that doesn’t feature the “Game Pak NES-GP” logo on the box and was only made for a short time in 1986. It breaks the record previously set in July 2020 by a US version of the game that sold for $114,00. Another was set in November 2020 when a copy of Super Mario Bros. 3 went for $156,000. The legendary “Nintendo PlayStation” SNES CD-ROM Console also recently sold for $360,000 at auction. It might be a good time to see if you’ve got any iconic games still in their box.

This is only the fourth version of Super Mario Bros. ever produced, and its window of production was remarkably short. Just to paint a better picture of how short this really was — the nationwide release for the console came in mid to late 1986, and black box games distributed for that release did not have the “Game Pak NES-GP” code. It’s worth mentioning that Nintendo managed to add the trademark symbol to the Nintendo Entertainment System on their game boxes by the beginning of 1987. That certainly doesn’t leave much time at all for this variant to be produced in-between the two!

Sources: Heritage Auctions, IT Home

Peter Brosdahl
As a child of the 70’s I was part of the many who became enthralled by the video arcade invasion of the 1980’s. Saving money from various odd jobs I purchased my first computer from a friend of my dad, a used Atari 400, around 1982. Eventually it would end up being a lifelong passion of upgrading and modifying equipment that, of course, led into a career in IT support.

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