All thanks to its good condition and rare cover design.
Sealed Cartridge with Super Mario Bros. 3, sold at auction in November 2020
Sealed Cartridge with Super Mario Bros. 3, released in 1990, sold at auction on November 20. The starting price for a copy of the game was 62.5 thousand dollars, but during the auction, which was attended by about 20 potential buyers, the cost increased to 156 thousand dollars .
Thanks to this cartridge with Super Mario Bros. 3 has become the most expensive copy of the game in history. Prior to that, the record was held by a copy of the original Super Mario Bros. – in July 2020, it was sold for 114 thousand dollars.
The high cost of a copy of Super Mario Bros. 3, sold at auction in November 2020, is associated with its rare cover: the word “Bros.” it is located not in the center, but on the left, and partially covers Mario’s hand. In addition, ratings agency Wata Games praised the condition of both the cartridge itself and the packaging in which it was sealed, with an overall rating of 9.2 A +.
Heritage Auctions, which traded the cartridge with Super Mario Bros. Also sold a sealed copy of Pokémon Red on November 3, 20. Its total cost reached 84 thousand dollars, making it the most expensive copy of the game in the entire Pokémon franchise.