The proverb ‘Old is Gold’ stood apt for an unopened copy of popular video game ‘Super Mario Bros’ from 1986 as it was sold for a whopping $660,000 at Heritage Auctions in Dallas.
- The sealed copy of Nintendo’s Super Mario Bros was originally brought as a Christmas gift in 1986 but ended up in a desk drawer and remained packed with an intact hang tab till date.
- Valarie McLeckie, Heritage Video game specialist, said, “Since the production window for this copy and others like it was so brief, finding another copy from this same production run in similar condition would be akin to looking for a single drop of water in an ocean”.
- Heritage Auctions at Dallas commented that it was the finest copy known to have been professionally graded for auction, it’s selling price far exceeded $114,000 that another unopened was produced in 1987 fetched in a heritage auction last summer.
- Super Mario is a platform game series created by Nintendo, featuring their mascot Mario. It has been popular among its speedrunners to this day due to its iconic art technique, nuanced controls and challenging gameplay that consolidated subtle elements of physics such as acceleration and inertia, which made it the gold standard of the video game development industry.