Over the weekend, the world record for the highest-priced video game sale was well and truly smashed, with an ultra-rare copy of The Legend of Zelda on NES selling for a mind-blowing $870,000 USD. It's a number that's impossible for most of us to even comprehend, and we never would have expected to see a video game sell for such a high amount ever. Now, though, that $870k sounds piddly.
Yesterday, that record was broken yet again, this time by a sealed, immaculate copy of Super Mario 64 for the Nintendo 64. The game sold for an unbelievable $1,560,000 USD, which is just, well... What?
The sale took place at Heritage Auctions, who had this to say about the sealed game:
Super Mario 64 - Wata 9.8 A++ Sealed, N64 Nintendo 1996 USA.
"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."
Somebody definitely didn't let that opportunity go to waste. Here's a closer look at the front and back of the box. It's very cool and all, but $1.5 million?!
The problem I have is oddly enough not that someone spent over a million dollars on this, since some people who play with this kind of money are going to make frivolous and baffling purchases no matter what, but rather that I can see it driving up the "perceived value" of otherwise unimpressive used copies of the game for some time. The used games market is already kind of... not fun right now, even for systems as recent as the 3DS.
@jancotianno that last part is so true.
Here in my area people sell Gamecube games in some of the worst possible conditions (boxes missing the manual, sometimes it's only the disc and they're severely scratched) and ask ridiculous prices for them.
I will continue to get GC games, but I've given up on finding them in good conditions in my city. I recently bought a Super Smash Bros. Melee that I had to buy through Facebook Marketplace because copies here are a joke for their asking prices.