New York – An unopened copy of Nintendo Co.’s Super Mario 64, sold in 1996, fetched $1.56 million at an auction on Sunday, a record price for a single video game, a U.S. auctioneer said.
It broke the previous record set Friday of $870,000 for a sealed copy of Nintendo’s “The Legend of Zelda,” according to Heritage Auctions in Dallas.
The hefty prices reflect a recent rise in nostalgia among collectors of old games.
Super Mario 64 for the Nintendo 64 console is known as the series’ first three-dimensional action game.
Heritage Auctions described the condition of the auctioned copy as “just so breathtaking that we’re really at a loss here.”
The Legend of Zelda copy sold on Friday was manufactured for only a few months in 1987 and broke the previous record of $660,000 set in April by a copy of Super Mario Bros.
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