Unopened Super Mario 64 game from 1996 sells at auction for record-breaking $1.56 million

  • 24 Jul - 30 Jul, 2021
  • Mag The Weekly
  • Mag Files

A 25-year-old copy of Super Mario 64 in near-perfect condition sold at auction for more than $1 million, shattering a record set just two days earlier. The sealed 1996 game – which marked the first time the iconic Nintendo mascot Mario was rendered in 3D – sold for a whopping $1.56 million, breaking the previous record price for the sale of a single video game. Heritage Auctions, which sold off the game, said it received 16 bids. According to Heritage, the game is the highest graded copy of Super Mario 64, which it deemed the single best-selling game on the Nintendo 64. Its cover features Mario flying high above the clouds as Princess Peach's castle and an angry Goomba lurk below. Heritage Auctions Video Games Specialist Valarie McLeckie called the copy "a true prize for any serious collector" in a statement. The winning bid broke the previous record, which had been set just two days before, when an unopened copy of Nintendo's The Legend of Zelda sold at auction for $870,000.