The record for the most expensive sale ever of a video game at auction is here: the sealed copy of the classic Nintendo „Super Mario 64” video game fetched $1.56 million including fees on Sunday at Dallas-based auction house Heritage. “Super Mario 64” was released in 1996 and immediately became one of the most loved and best-selling games in the Nintendo franchise. The game that was sold was immaculately sealed, achieving the highest possible A++ grade from video game grading company WataGames (practically undamaged). The auction house said there were “fewer than five” copies in such good condition. 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. Many expressed surprise that the Mario cartridge – which sold millions and millions of copies – sold for so much. Such high prices would have been unthinkable just a few years ago but video games are becoming increasingly valuable collectors’ items. Super Mario 64 made a profound impact on the rest of the industry, shaping the development of future platform games and 3D games in general for years to come.
Featuring a dynamic camera system and 360-degree analog control, this game established a new archetype for the 3D genre. Super Mario 64 begins with a letter from Princess Peach inviting Mario to come to her castle for a cake she has baked for him. When he arrives, Mario discovers that Bowser has invaded the castle and imprisoned the princess and her servants within it using the power of the castle’s 120 Power Stars. Many of the castle’s paintings are portals to other worlds, Mario’s abilities in Super Mario 64 are far more diverse than those of previous Mario games. It had more than eleven million copies sold by 2003.