May 22, 2022

Super Mario Bros. 3 Becomes World’s Most Expensive Game

If you have $156,000 lying around you can be the proud owner of this 30 year old NES classic.

A sealed copy of Super Mario Bros. 3 was sold at auction last week. Heritage Auctions, an auctioneer based in Texas, sold the game for a staggering $156,000, making it the world’s most expensive game ever sold.

Super Mario Bros 3 snatched the title of the most expensive game from its own little brother, in fact. The previous title holder was also a Nintendo game, namely Super Mario Bros, which sold for $114,000, in July this year. What’s even cooler is that Super Mario Bros was also sold by Heritage Auctions.

“Exceedingly Rare”

The reason the copy of Super Mario Bros. 3 sold for such a hefty amount was due to a combination of its packaging condition along with the formatting of the package design itself, according to Heritage Auctions. The auctioneers explained what made this particular copy of the game stand out:

“Exceedingly rare are sealed copies with the word ‘Bros.’ formatted to the left, covering one of Mario’s signature white gloves. “Collectors have spent years looking for such a version – the earliest in the Super Mario Bros. 3 production history – and usually come up empty-handed.”

So, if you were to have your very own mint condition of Super Mario Bros. 3 you stand to make a pretty penny if you were ever to sell it.


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