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It wasn’t too long ago that sealed copies of The Legend of Zelda and Super Mario 64 smashed gaming collectible records by selling for $870,000 and $1.5 million, respectively, but those records have already been shattered by another notable sale that ended this week.

As reported by The New York Times, a sealed copy of Super Mario Bros. sold for $2 million yesterday, an unbelievable figure that now makes Nintendo’s classic the most expensive video game to have ever been sold.

Unlike the previous record holders that were hosted via Heritage Auctions, this sealed copy of Super Mario Bros. was sold off of a novel collectibles site called Rally, which allows users to invest in shares of physical collectibles as if they were stocks.

Rally purchased its sealed copy of Super Mario Bros. for $140,000 in April and offered it for $300,000 before it was ultimately purchased by an anonymous buyer with big pockets this week.

Ed Converse, a graduate law student from Green Bay, Wis., invested $100 in the game last year and said he was netting $950 from the sale.

“I’m very excited about it,” Mr. Converse, 32, said. “It’s pretty crazy to think that I made an investment in it because of the nostalgia of playing the video game when I was a kid and now it’s selling for $2 million.”

Sources: The New York Times, Rally

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9 Comments

  1. [QUOTE=”Uvilla, post: 39178, member: 397″]
    Theres must be a money laundering aspect to these things.
    [/QUOTE]

    You have to wonder. Even if I was ultra-rich, I can’t imagine spending 2 million dollars on something that wasn’t even $50 new.

  2. Same thing I said for the sealed copy of Zelda 1 that sold for $870K: “Really angry with the child version of myself for opening his copy and then actually playing it. He really screwed me over big time.”

  3. [QUOTE=”DrezKill, post: 39236, member: 230″]
    Same thing I said for the sealed copy of Zelda 1 that sold for $870K: “Really angry with the child version of myself for opening his copy and then actually playing it. He really screwed me over big time.”
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    Yeah, it’s a ton of money, but honestly, I think I’d rather let the kid (me) play with it than just leave it sealed up. That’s what it was built to do – be played.

  4. [QUOTE=”Brian_B, post: 39246, member: 96″]
    Yeah, it’s a ton of money, but honestly, I think I’d rather let the kid (me) play with it than just leave it sealed up. That’s what it was built to do – be played.
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    Which is why I’d have bought a cheap one if I felt like playing it.

  5. [QUOTE=”Dan_D, post: 39247, member: 6″]
    Which is why I’d have bought a cheap one if I felt like playing it.
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    Well, I’m not saying to spend 3/4M to play Zelda… I’m just saying if 1987 me had bought the game at normal prices, I wouldn’t just keep it in the box staring at it.

    I would have bought 2 copies =)

  6. [QUOTE=”Dan_D, post: 39192, member: 6″]
    You have to wonder. Even if I was ultra-rich, I can’t imagine spending 2 million dollars on something that wasn’t even $50 new.
    [/QUOTE]
    Don’t look at what magic the gathering cards cost new, then, back in the alpha days. Or, heck, a pack of baseball cards with a Babe Ruth card was, what, like 5 cents, and came with a stick of gum.

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