Mint Sealed Copy of Super Mario Bros. Sells for More Than $100,000 at Auction

Mint Sealed Copy of Super Mario Bros. Sells for More Than $100,000 at Auction

A world record price for one of the most famous video games of all time.

A sealed, unopened copy of the original NES version of Super Mario Bros. just set a world record when it sold for $100,150 USD at an auction. It is the first video game to break the six-figure mark for a retro game sale.

The reason why this particular copy of Super Mario Bros. sold for so high is because of its certified Near Mint condition. Super Mario Bros. was reprinted several times from 1985 to 1994, but only two versions of the cartridge were sold in "sticker sealed" boxes.

In 1985 and 1986, Nintendo sold NES cartridges in boxes sealed with an official Nintendo sticker as opposed to shrink wrap. These were copies only available in New York and L.A. test market launches, and this copy of Super Mario Bros. is one of those original sticker sealed copies, never opened.

This copy of Super Mario Bros. sold for $100,000 at auction. | Heritage Auctions

"Not only are all NES sticker sealed games extremely rare, but by their nature of not being sealed in shrink wrap they usually exhibit significant wear after more than 30 years," says Kenneth Thrower, co-founder of video game collector grading organization Wata Games. "This game may be the condition census of all sticker sealed NES games known to exist."

The copy of Super Mario Bros. was purchased by a group of collectors on February 6. The group includes various collectors and auctioneers including Jim Halperin, Zac Gieg, and Rich Leece.

Halperin, who runs Heritage Auctions, began auctioning Wata certified games this January. Classic, certified video games have been auctioning for five-figures regularly, but with the six-figure deal on Super Mario Bros, auctioneers say that prices for classic video games are on the rise. In 2017 a sealed copy of Super Mario Bros. sold on eBay for $30,000.

The original Super Mario Bros. on the NES was released in Japan in 1985 and has sold over 40 million physical copies. Developed by Shigeru Miyamoto, Super Mario Bros. is the original standard for side-scrolling Mario platformers. We even named the original Super Mario Bros. the 10th best Mario game in the main series.

If you don't happen to have $100,000 lying around, you can play Super Mario Bros. on the NES Classic or the Nintendo Switch through the Nintendo Switch Online classic library.

Header image provided by HA.

Sometimes we include links to online retail stores. If you click on one and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. See our terms & conditions.

Matt Kim

News Editor

Matt Kim is a former freelance writer who's covered video games and digital media. He likes video games as spectacle and is easily distracted by bright lights or clever bits of dialogue. He also once wrote about personal finance, but that's neither here nor there.

Read this next

Recovered Super Mario Bros. Super Show Animation Cels Bring Us Back to the Franchise's Weirdest, Most Aimless Days

If you can't mix Super Mario Bros. with Billy Idol, then what's the point of life?

Super Mario Maker 2 Seems to Have a 32-Course Upload Limit

Maybe aim for quality over quantity, makers.

Mario Royale Becomes "DMCA Royale" To Avoid Copyright Issues

Now starring Infringio and his brother, Copyright Infringio.

Fan-Made "Mario Royale" is a Blast, For As Long As It Sticks Around

But the creator is anticipating a letter from Nintendo.

Nintendo Kills Impressive Super Mario Bros. Commodore 64 Port

Like the Commodore 64 itself, its spirit will not easily fade.

More News

If You're Bad at Tetris 99, You Can Now Squad Up For Help

The puzzle-battle royale hybrid just got friendlier.

Resident Evil's Newest Survivor is a Living Homage to "Jill Sandwich"

Martin should probably stay away from small rooms with descending ceilings.

The CEO of Japanese Indie Publisher Dangen Entertainment Resigns As Allegations of Harassment Mount

Ben Judd is stepping back from the publisher he helped found, as well as his "other industry endeavors."

More on NES

USgamer Holiday Gift Guide 2019: For the Nostalgic Gamer

If you're shopping for someone who still finds beauty in cartridges and pixels, have we got a gift guide for you.

Make a Statement At Your Next LAN with This NES-Inspired Mouse

You'll probably come in last at whichever game you're playing, but you'll look good while losing.

What's Your Favorite Sports Game?

COMMUNITY QUESTION | Deadspin forever.

Three Classic Letters That Show How Much Easier It Is to Be a Video Game Fan in 2019

The gaming community knew nothing in the '90s, and frankly, neither did a lot of publishers.

This Weekend's Tetris World Championships Showed Why Classic Tetris is Thriving

As the NES Tetris community grows, newcomers and hyper-tapping players are rising to the top.

Return of the Obra Dinn's Creator Reminisces on Getting Its Iconic Style Just Right

"After working on non-graphical stuff for so long, I took a moment to reflect on what I had with the visuals. It wasn’t great."

More Platformer Games

The Game Awards is Launching a New Initiative Featuring Limited-Time Demos of Upcoming Games

Over a dozen games will have demos available for a limited time.

These Super Mario Maker 2 Link Power-Up Levels Show How Ingenious a Zelda Maker Could Be

The bar for Master Sword mastery is really, really high.

For Axiom Verge's Creator, the Switch Was a "Natural Platform" For the Sequel

Thomas Happ answers our most pressing questions about today's announcement.