Wednesday, July 14, 2021

A Copy of Super Mario 64 Sells for $1.56 Million


As a tech lover, I grew up on video games.  Well I guess that's not exactly true.  The original Atari console came out when I was in college and I played that crazy thing night and day... especially Space Invaders.  So I didn't really 'grow up' on video games, but they were for sure a part of my younger years.

I also loved the Mattel Intelivision system, but my real love began when Nintendo released the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) around 1986.  The NES was a phenomenal p product for its time and quickly became a 'must have' for many American homes.  As an American male in my 20s, there was nothing better for playing games.  I spent hours in front of the TV that was connected to my NES.

 I've still got that NES and all of the games that I bought for it as well.  However, now I wish I had purchases TWO of each of those games and kept one sealed in the box.

Why?  Well, over the past weekend two Nintendo games sold for incredible amounts of money.  

The first was on Friday when an original version of the classic game The Legend of Zelda sold for $870,000 and then on Sunday a copy of Super Mario 64 sold for... wait for it... $1.56 million.  Amazing, right?

The Super Mario 64 game was actually one of the original games for the Nintendo 64 game console which, I believe, was the third generation of Nintendo consoles.  The Legend of Zelda was made for the original NES.

It's amazing how nostalgia can draw money out of collectors.  personally I wouldn't buy a game I cannot then put into the console, but perhaps the owner has enough money that they can do just that.  

Really when you think about it, that's over $2.3 million for TWO video games.  It's amazing that those items have so much value.  I suppose it goes to show the value of the characters Nintendo created.  I can still remember playing Donkey Kong on a stand-up arcade machine for 25¢ and helping Mario jump over barrels to save the  Princess.  That was over 35 years ago.  I think it's safe to say that Mario is an iconic character that has stood the test of time.

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