12 Jul 2021 08:57AM (Updated: 12 Jul 2021 12:04PM)
WASHINGTON: A cartridge of Nintendo's classical video crippled Super Mario 64 set a satellite grounds connected Monday (Jul 12), selling astatine auction for US$1.56 million.
The sale, the archetypal ever of a crippled cartridge to surpass US$1 million, came conscionable 2 days aft a sealed transcript of The Legend of Zelda - made for the aged Nintendo NES console - sold for a then-record of US$870,000.
Dallas-based Heritage Auctions, which handled some sales, has not identified the buyers.
Before Friday, the grounds for a video crippled auction was the merchantability successful April of a 1986 Super Mario Bros cartridge: It went for US$660,000.
Retro video games person go progressively fashionable among nostalgic collectors successful caller years, driving up prices for old-school consoles and cartridges astatine auctions.
The past twelvemonth has seen grounds prices not lone for video games but besides for Pokemon cards and for the integer collectibles known arsenic non-fungible tokens (NFTs).