A copy of Super Mario Bros. 2 sold at auction for $88,550
By Bob Garcia
Video games are still commanding high prices when put on the market
Another sealed 1988 Super Mario Bros.2 video game makes it to the list of items sold this year to anyone willing to dig deep into their pockets. According to the latest reports from the auction house handling the sale, this video game found in the back of a walk-in closet in Indiana was a gold mine that sold for over $88,000. This year has been full of cash-filled auctions and collectors seem to be unafraid to spend a few dollars to get their hands on video games steeped in history.
According to Harrit Group, the item was in great condition after being found in a box of video games in a cluttered closet that was part of a deceased estate in Floyds Knobs, IN. “At first glance, it was a comforting wave of classic Nintendo nostalgia. All the classics were there, Super Mario Brothers, Duck Hunt, Qix, and even an NES console. So we did what any children of the 1990s would do: we fired up the console and tested the open games,” Harritt Group said in its description of the item.
Wata Games was responsible for evaluating the unopened copy of the Super Mario Bros.2 game, giving it a 9.8 A+ grade, the second-highest score it could receive, the auction house said. The news doesn’t really come as a surprise as Super Mario games, a series first released in 1985, have lately been able to fetch record prices.
Halfway through the year, another copy of Super Mario 64 sold for more than $1.5 million, the highest amount ever paid for a video game. Prior to that historic milestone in the video game space, it was believed that the highest price ever paid for a game at auction was $660,000, paid at another Heritage auction in April for a sealed copy of Super Mario Bros. Many collectors have their eyes on these games, and only the highest bidder has the opportunity to own one of them.