Rare Copy Of Super Mario Bros. 3 Is Now The World’s Most Expensive Game

A sealed and incredibly rare copy of Super Mario Bros. 3 for the NES has become the world’s most expensive video game.

Box art for Super Mario 3
Credit: Nintendo

As noted by VGC, the ultra rare copy of Super Mario Bros. 3 sold via Heritage Auctions for a grand total of $156,000 USD. The previous record was held by 1985’s Super Mario Bros (also on the NES) and sold for $114,000.

Super Mario Bros. 3 originally released in 1988 for the NES, however the particular version sold at the auction released two years later in 1990.

Mario in Mario Kart
Credit: Nintendo

So why did this particular copy of Super Mario Bros. 3 sell for so much? Well for starters, it is a factory-sealed copy of the game and is in pristine condition as you would expect.

This version of the game which released in 1990 also has an ever-so-slightly different front cover. 

On the original 1988 release, the text reading “bros” is central. However the version that was released in 1990 had its texts aligned to the left, and as a result the title of the game was covering Mario’s hand.

side by side: rare super mario 3 cover next to original
Credit: Nintendo

In the press release Heritage Auctions said: “While the condition of the game is remarkable, what makes this copy even more singular is the layout of the packaging itself: Exceedingly rare are sealed copies with the word ‘Bros.’ formatted to the left, covering one of Mario’s signature white gloves.”

The auction also saw a sealed copy of 1998’s Pokémon Red for the Game Boy also fetched a mighty $84,000.

Pokemon Red and Blue cover art side by side
Credit: Nintendo/GameFreak

Do you have any sealed copies of retro Nintendo titles still lying around in your house? If so you could be sitting on quite the fortune!

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