Two Sealed Nintendo Games Break World Record — Back to Back — for Most Expensive Video Game Auction

It only took 48 hours for one record to eclipse the other.

By Angela Marrujo. Posted 07/11/2021 21:24 Comment on this     ShareThis

On Friday, July 9, Heritage Auctions announced that a sealed, 9.0 rated copy of The Legend of Zelda for NES sold for a whopping $870,000, breaking the world record for the most expensive video game ever sold at auction (previously held by a rare, sealed copy of Super Mario Bros. that went for $660,000 at auction only three months ago).

The opening bid for this copy of The Legend of Zelda started at $110,000; the price started so high because the game was part of an early production run in late-1987 dubbed “NES R,” which preceded the game’s wider production run in early 1988, which was dubbed “REV-A.” REV-A’s production run coincided with the massive boom in popularity of the NES in America, and both NES R and REV-A copies feature the foiled gold cartridge casing.

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Heritage Auctions said the following about this rare piece of gaming history: “Essentially, this copy is the earliest sealed copy one could realistically hope to obtain.” While likely true, there is technically an even earlier production run of The Legend of Zelda — NES TM. However, it’s unknown whether these copies were ever available outside of Nintendo HQ or if they were ever boxed and sealed.

The world record set by the $870,000 sale of The Legend of Zelda lasted only 48 hours after it was quickly eclipsed by the auction of yet another sealed copy of a beloved Nintendo game: $1.56 million for Super Mario 64. While the price doesn’t seem to be the result of the game being part of a special or rare print, it does boast an uncommon Wata Games rating of 9.8 out of 10. For a 25-year-old game, that’s about as close to perfect and pristine condition as one might find for a game of this age.

Source: Ars Technica

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