Super Mario 64 was released with the launch of the Nintendo 64 in 1996. It is among the most popular games ever and has been re-released numerous times, including last year.
Everyone had Mario for the N64.
So why did someone pay $1,560,000 for a copy of it yesterday?
A buyer actually paid that much money to obtain an unopened original copy of the game at an auction. This is two days after someone paid over $800,000 for an original copy of The Legend of Zelda for the NES.
So let me pose this question: Assuming you were a billionaire, would you pay this much money for a game that you would never play?
I don’t think I would. I probably spent hundreds of hours playing Mario 64 as a kid (and adult, who am I kidding) and have a lot of memories from it. That being said, I see no reason to buy a collector’s item that is just going to collect dust on a mantle someplace.
People do it, though. $1.5 million + is the new record to beat now as the highest sale of a video game in history now.
What game would beat that? Tough to say, but it will happen at some point.