Sealed 1985 ‘Super Mario Bros’ video game breaks auction record

The front of an unopened copy of a vintage Super Mario Bros video game that has been sold for US$114,000 in an auction that underscored the enduring popularity of entertainment created decades earlier. — Heritage Auctions/AP

A sealed 1985 copy of the iconic video game Super Mario Bros sold at auction in the United States on July 10 for a record US$114,000 (RM486,324).

Heritage Auctions in Dallas, Texas, excitedly announced that the sale made it the most expensive video game ever auctioned in its original packaging.

"Super result for highest-graded Super Mario Bros," Heritage Auctions tweeted. "NES Nintendo 1985 USA: US$114,000 at Heritage Auctions!!"

It took the title from a recent sale of the 1987 version of Japanese video game Mega Man, which went under the hammer in December for US$75,000 (RM319,950).

Japanese company Nintendo launched the world-famous Super Mario Bros game for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) in 1985.

Starting out as a tiny pixelated man in white overalls, the main character Mario has since evolved into a 3D video game icon, inspiring an expansive franchise including a television series and a feature film. – dpa

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