Super Mario Bros 3 Most Expensive Game Cassette
The title as the most expensive game cassette ever sold actually fell on Super Mario Bros 3. This happened during the auction held by Auction Heritage some time ago.
Quoted from The Verge, Wednesday (11/25/2020), the game, which was released in 1990. Was successfully sold for USD 156 thousand (IDR 2 billion). The initial price for this game is opened starting from USD 62,500 (IDR 887 million).
Sold at a price of Rp. 2 billion, this game beat the previous record holder held by Super Mario Bros. At the auction in July 2020, the game was successfully sold for USD 114 thousand (IDR 1.6 billion).
Successfully Sold At Auction
According to Auction Heritage, which held the auction. This game was successfully sold at a high price due to a number of factors. One of them is that this game has a box design that is somewhat rare.
On the box, the words ‘Bros’ from Super Mario Bros are on the left side of the box. Making it cover Mario’s right hand who appears on the cover. While the following editions, the writing was shifted further to the center.
In addition, with the condition that is still sealed plus the original and still good box, it has succeeded in selling well. In fact, a game with a similar title was only successfully sold for USD 38,400 (IDR 545 million) in July 2020.
The difference cannot be separated from the Wata rating that each game has. In July 2020, this copy of the Super Mario Bros 3 game only received a Wata 9.0 A rating, while those that were recently sold had a Wata 9.2 A Plus rating.
For information, Wata ratings are usually used to show the conditions of old games offered. The higher the value, it means that the game is still sold in complete condition, such as a box, manual, and cartridges.
Meanwhile, the function of the letters in this rating shows the quality of the game that is still sealed. Just like the assessment in general, the letter A indicates the quality of the seal in the game is still good and new like the first time it was released.
Print History, Older Super Mario Bros Game Cassettes Sold for Rp. 1.6 Billion
Previously, a tape from the old Super Mario Bros. game that was still in its sealed condition had just made history in the world game industry. Why?
The game cartridge, which was first launched in 1985. Was successfully sold to an anonymous bidder at an auction held by Heritage Auctions.
Sold for USD 114,000 or Rp 1.6 billion. This Super Mario Bros cartridge was able to beat the previous auction record. For the same game – for USD 100,000 or Rp 1.4 billion in February 2019.
“The demand for this game is very high, if anything is being sold again then it is likely that the price tag will be similar to the current one,” said Valarie McLeckie, Heritage Auctions Video Games Director, in his official statement, Monday (13/7/2020 ).
The reason this game is sold at a high price
Furthermore, the Super Mario Bros. game this time was able to make history because it was still wrapped in the sales box.
Not only that, this cartridge is still sealed in the hangtab (hanging plastic outside the cartridge box).
“The Super Mario Bros. game is still in a limited-production plastic in the US market before finally using shrinkage plastic to seal every video game,” explained Heritage Auctions.
Because they still use the hangtab. The price of this Super Mario Bros game cartridge is also sold at a fantastic price.