This copy of Super Mario Bros., which was released in 1985 as a launch title for the NES, features a carboard hangtab, which “were originally used on the US test market copies of black box games, back before plastic was used to seal each game.”
These carboard hangtabs were only in production for a few months, a short time for a game that has gone on to sell over 40 million copies since its release.
In 2019, another copy of Super Mario Bros. sold for $100,150 USD, making it the world-record holder until this new sale, which is actually a newer printing than the previous one.
We did a deep-dive into why these cartridges are so valuable and brought in Kelsey Lewin, the co-owner of Pink Gorilla Games, and Frank Cifaldi, founder of The Video Game History Foundation, to help tell the story.
This sale is one of the many in the video game world that have sold at a high price, including the Nintendo PlayStation prototype that sold for $360,000.
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