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A copy of Super Mario 64 is now the most expensive game on the planet after selling for $1.56 million. The game sold at an auction put on by Heritage Auctions, and has beaten a record set only nine days ago. Less than two weeks ago, the most expensive game collectable of all time was a pristine NES edition of The Legend of Zelda which sold for $870k - but now Mario has blown it out of the water.
As spotted by IGN, the copy of Super Mario 64 is the highest graded edition of the game in the world, earning a Wata 9.8 A++ rating. The description on the Heritage Auctions website admits that even the staff are a little stunned by the item: " Well - we're a bit speechless on this one. What can we even say that would do this copy the justice it deserves?
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"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." And it's safe to say, whoever bought the item didn't waste that opportunity.
Though there were 16 registered bidders competing for the game, one came out on top with the mighty $1.5 million offer - that's a lot of money for a piece of gaming history. Though we don't know who bought it in the end, it's safe to say they're doing pretty well for themselves, right?
Even YouTuber Casey Neistat had something to say about the sale, on Twitter: "I was a kid when this was released. Toys 'R' Us had a demo console and we'd beg our parents to drive us there to play. I remember how revolutionary the open-world, free-form play felt. the music was unlike anything id heard in a game before. such a vivid moment from my childhood". And although he does have some fond memories of the item, he's "not sure this is the first thing I'd spent $1,560,000.00 on but I get it. More power to you, the very very rich person who bought it".
even so im not sure this is the first thing id spent $1,560,000.00 on but i get it. more power to you, the very very rich person who bought it
- Casey Neistat (@Casey) July 12, 2021
Honestly Casey, we're with you on this one - what a huge money flex from whoever owns this now.
Featured Image Credit: Heritage Auctions / Nintendo
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