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The top 10 most profitable vintage video games and memorabilia, revealed

 

August 21, 2023 (Investorideas.com Newswire) A sealed copy of 'Super Mario 65 - Wata 9.8 A++' is the most expensive vintage game sold recently, with a price tag of $1,560,000, a new study reveals.

The study, conducted by video game platform Cribbage-Online.net, analyzed the results of over 32,000 auctions on Heritage Auctions to determine which video game or memorabilia has been sold for the largest amount from 2019 onwards.

First on the list is a sealed copy of 'Super Mario 64 - Wata 9.8 A++' produced in 1996 by Nintendo and sold in 2021 for a whopping $1,560,000. The game was awarded to a US buyer after being contended among 16 bidders for three days.

As the game was released for the first time in 1996 and produced exclusively for the platform Nintendo 64, this might be one of the very first copies ever sold at the time.

The game's synopsis sees Mario travelling to Princess Peach's castle to receive a gift, only to find the Princess and her servants imprisoned by Bowser, who has taken over the castle. To free the Princess and defeat Bowser, Mario must collect a minimum of 70 stars out of 120 from different worlds where he can travel to through paintings that are scattered around the castle.

A sealed copy of Nintendo's 'The Legend of Zelda - Wata 9.0 A' from 1987 comes in second, sold in 2021 for $870,000. The copy's specifics include an early production certificate, making this one also one of the first ever copies of the adventure game available. The copy was sold two days prior to 'Super Mario 64', first on the list, holding the record for the most expensive vintage video game for 48 hours only.

In third comes a sealed 1985 copy of 'Super Mario Bros. - Wata 9.6' which sold in 2022 for $720,000. The game was first released in that same year by Nintendo for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) and since then it has sold 40 million copies on the platform. Thanks to 'Super Mario Bros.', the titular character gained huge popularity regardless of this not being the first time he appeared in a game.

Further down on the list, a second sealed copy of 'The Legend of Zelda' comes in fourth. This copy of the game is a first production one from 1987 and it was sold in 2021 for $705,000.

Moreover, a second copy of 'Super Mario Bros.' from 1985 closes the top five after being sold in 2021, for $660,000.

In the list, there's also an appearance from a console in ninth place, specifically a prototype of a 'Nintendo Play Station Super NES' produced by Sony and Nintendo in 1992 and sold in 2020 for $360,000.


A spokesperson for Cribbage-Online.net commented on the findings: "It is incredible to discover how much your old games might be worth, and even more surprising to know that there's an entire world out there which values vintage memorabilia such as these as more than simple hobbies."

"It's not just about pixels anymore; it's a glimpse into the history and passion that gaming enthusiasts hold dear."

credit to https://cribbage-online.net/

Data sourced from Heritage Auctions

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