If you follow our blog religiously (you should, you can easily subscribe to our newsletter from the website if that’s easier for you), then you would be aware we covered a story about an NES The Legend of Zelda Cartridge on auction for $110,00 at the time of writing.
Since then, it has broken the auction record for the most expensive video game collectable sold to be then toppled two days later.
Super Mario 64 takes Zelda’s Crown
On Friday, a rare sealed copy of The Legend Of Zelda cartridge from 1987 shattered the previous record of the most expensive video game collectable sold at auction, selling at the grand total of $870,000 (£627,274). The previous belonged to Super Mario Bros which sold at auction in April at $660,000 (£476,240).
It was true history in the making, with Valarie McLeckie, Heritage Auctions‘ video game specialist, stating they had high expectations for the game, and the reality of the bidding exceeded their version of how it would play out.
Yet on Sunday, only two days later, an opened copy of Super Mario 64, managed to break that record, selling at an astronomical price of $1.56 million (£1.12 million).
The N64 cartridge received a rating of Wata 9.8 A++ rating, 0.8 more than the Zelda cartridge and the highest possible rating there is. Heritage Auctions stated, “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,” and that it was “an opportunity not to waste.”
And it surely didn’t go to waste, with the auction making $690,000 more than The Legend of Zelda auction on Friday.
🎉#HERITAGELIVE #WORLDRECORD!! Super Mario 64 – Wata 9.8 A++ Sealed, N64 Nintendo 1996 USA just sold for $1,560,000 at #HeritageAuctions, smashing previous mark of $870K, set Friday at Heritage for The Legend of Zelda! https://t.co/SUgiijkkzL#SuperMario #Nintendo #N64 #WATA pic.twitter.com/rHpTuZl95l
— Heritage Auctions (@HeritageAuction) July 11, 2021
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