FP staffJuly 12, 2021 12:28:59 PM IST
An unopened copy of the Nintendo Super Mario 64 has sold at auction for $ 1.56 million.
Heritage Auctions in Dallas said the 1996 game was sold on Sunday, breaking its previous record price for the sale of one video game.
A spokesman did not immediately respond to a questionnaire about who bought the game.
Super Mario 64 was Nintendo 64’s best-selling game and the first to showcase the Mario character in 3D, the auction house announced.
The sale follows an unopened copy of Nintendo’s The Legend of Zelda, which will be auctioned off on Friday for $ 870,000. Heritage video game expert Valarie McLeckie said the auction house was shocked to see the game sell for more than a million dollars two days after the Zelda game broke its previous record.
In April, the auction house sold an unopened copy of Nintendo’s Super Mario Bros., which was purchased in 1986 and forgotten in a desk drawer for $ 660,000.
The game debuted in 1986 in Japan and soon entered the gaming market in the United States and became one of the most well-known franchise games in the history of video games. In the past, the game has often been discovered for years after it was left in a box or closet.
(With feeds from The Associated Press)