A sealed copy of Nintendo’s The Legend of Zelda sold for $870,000 at Heritage Auctions last week. While that amount was quite impressive, the record it attained has already been broken by a different auction for another of Nintendo’s iconic titles, Super Mario 64. A sealed copy of the classic 1996 platformer graded 9.8 on the Wata scale managed to sell for an incredible $1.5 million today. This is reportedly the most that anyone has ever paid for a single video game auction.
Well — we’re a bit speechless on this one. What can we even say that would do this copy the justice it deserves? The cultural significance of this title and its importance to the history of video games is paramount, and the condition of this copy is just so breathtaking that we’re really at a loss here. If you have had your heart set on obtaining the highest graded copy of the single best-selling video game on the Nintendo 64 — the first 3D adventure of Nintendo’s mascot, Mario — we only have one piece of advice: this is not an opportunity to waste.