A sealed copy of Super Mario Bros. for the Nintendo Entertainment System has sold for $2 million, breaking the video game sales record set less than a month earlier.
Collectibles investment website Rally reported that a new copy of the 1985 video game was purchased by an anonymous buyer for $2 million, breaking the record set in July when a copy of Super Mario 64 sold for $1.56 million.
Super Mario 64 was sold just two days after the previous record of $870,000 was paid for a 1987 copy of Nintendo’s The Legend of Zelda.
I think we’re starting to see a natural progression of the “What else? What things from my childhood have grown in value and nostalgia?” said Rob Petrozzo, co-founder of Rally, in an interview with The New York Times.
After the COVID-19 pandemic began, sales of collectibles skyrocketed, and Petrozzo said he thinks the trend of vintage video games selling at record prices is far from over.
“In my opinion, it hasn’t reached the masses yet,” he said. “You’ll start to see more and more people paying attention and doing research on it.”