A sealed copy of đoạn phim game Super Mario 64 has sold at auction for more than $1.5m (£1.1m), shattering records.

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The 1996 cartridge was a launch title for the Nintenbởi 64 console, & was one of the most influential early 3D platformers.

The sale dwarfed another record-breaker, an original Legend of Zelda cartridge, set just two days before.

That original Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) cartridge sold for $870,000 on Friday, briefly making it the world's most expensive game.

Neither game was bought for the rarity of its gameplay experience - Nintenbởi has rereleased both for its Nintenbởi vì Switch console.

The Super Mario 64 cartridge was graded by Clip game collectable firm Wata at a 9.8 A++ rating - meaning it is both in near-perfect condition & its seal is intact & "like new".

A high rating is not enough lớn guarantee a high auction price - although it helps. Another copy of Super Mario 64 in the same auction with a 9.6 A++ rating sold for a comparatively affordable $13,200.

Super Mario 64 was the best-selling game for the Nintenvị 64 system, và is widely seen as an important game in Clip game history. It marked Mario's first move inlớn three dimensions, distinct from his side-scrolling origins.

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While many modern gamers feel it has not aged particularly well và is widely thought to lớn have significant camera issues, it is still considered amuốn the best đoạn phim games ever made. Heritage Auctions, the company behind the sale, was taken by surprise at the huge price it eventually attracted.

The 9.0 A-sealed copy of 1988's The Legkết thúc of Zeldomain authority was the first game in the series, and has gone on lớn be one of the best-performing & most critically-acclaimed in Nintendo's entire catalogue.


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It was expected lớn reach a high price because this copy belonged lớn an early production run - making it one of the first ever made lớn still exist. Heritage Auctions said that to lớn its knowledge, only one earlier production copy is known lớn exist, & may never be put on sale.

Many expressed surprise that the Mario cartridge - which sold millions & millions of copies - sold for so much.

Kelsey Lewin, a director at California's Video trò chơi History Foundation, tweeted: "despite a laông xã of population reports, there are many known sealed Super Mario 64 first prints".

Well, I figured the first million dollar game was imminent, but I didn't think it was gonna be today... or this.

— Chris Kohler (

Video game collectables have been fetching higher và higher prices, leading some to question whether the market is over-inflated.

The sale of the Zeldomain authority cartridge shattered the previous record, set in April for an original NES cartridge of Super Mario Bros, the first side-scrolling platformer featuring the famous plumber, which sold for $660,000.

The record-breaking auction this week saw a huge range of collectable games go for high prices - a copy of Final Fantasy III for the Super Nintenvị sold for $96,000, as did a copy of Zelda: A Link khổng lồ the Past.