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We were blown away last year when we reported on a special copy of Super Mario Bros. that sold for a record-breaking $114,000. Now imagine a copy of the game priced at almost three times that amount.

An auction listing for a sealed copy of Super Mario Bros. has a current bid of $310,000, with six days still remaining until the end of the auction. As Digital Eclipse Editorial Director Chris Kohler rightly points out, the item has a very real chance of surpassing the $360,000 selling price of the Nintendo PlayStation prototype.



According to the listing on Heritage Auctions, this particular copy of Super Mario Bros. has an incredible Wata quality rating of 9.6 for condition (for comparison, last year’s copy had a 9.4 rating, which was considered as good as new). It also has the cardboard hangtab that makes this variant so rare, setting it apart in amongst the 40.24 million copies of Super Mario Bros. sold worldwide. The product listing notes that it is “only the fourth version of Super Mario Bros. ever produced,” making it “the oldest sealed copy of Super Mario Bros. we’ve ever had the opportunity to offer.”

With almost a whole week to go until the auction ends, it’s going to be wild to see where the final price ends up.



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Written by Reece Heather

A lifelong Nintendo fan and a longtime editor at Zelda Universe, Reece will forever be grateful that he somehow dodged the Naughty List of Christmas 1998, when Santa delivered the life-changing gift of a Nintendo 64 with Super Mario 64, Banjo-Kazooie, and Mario Kart 64. When he's not playing games, Reece is usually reading Punisher comics, delving helplessly into the weirdest depths of anime and manga, or spending time with his cocker spaniel Gracie -- the goodest girl ever!