Nintendo 64’s Super Mario 64 was a huge hit and is regarded as one of the most significant games in the history of video games. It marked Mario’s first step into the three-dimensional world. Video game collectibles have been fetching higher and higher prices, leading some to question whether the market is over-inflated.
It’s not the first time in recent years that collectors are shocked by the price of a video game. But it’s a gamble trying to predict how much these games are going to sell for.
The record-breaking sale surprised even the auction house’s video games specialist, Valarie McLeckie.
Super Mario 64 was the best-selling game for the Nintendo 64 system and is widely seen as an important game in video game history. It marked Mario’s first move into three dimensions, distinct from his side-scrolling origins.
The sale of the Zelda cartridge shattered the previous record, set in April for an original NES cartridge of Super Mario Bros, the first side-scrolling platformer featuring the famous plumber, which sold for $660,000.
Well, I figured the first million dollar game was imminent, but I didn’t think it was gonna be today… or this. pic.twitter.com/jKWRY8sNSq
— Chris Kohler (@kobunheat) July 11, 2021
Among these newer collectors of video games, physical copies of classic games are increasingly popular. Collectors of old-fashioned games enjoy rarer and quirky titles, according to Kohler.
The record-breaking auction this week saw a huge range of collectible games go for high prices – a copy of Final Fantasy III for the Super Nintendo sold for $96,000, as did a copy of Zelda: A Link to the Past.