Sun. Sep 26th, 2021

Image: RallyHey, remember last month when a sealed copy of Super Mario 64 sold for a record-breaking $1.56 million? The previous record of most pricey computer game was set simply days previously, when an ultra-rare copy of The Legend of Zelda on NES reached a (then) record-breaking $870,000 at auction. That copy of Zelda beat out the previous record, which was set in March 2021, when a copy of Super Mario Bros. cost $660,000, which in turn beat the previous record of $156,000 set by Super Mario Bros. 3 in November, 2020.
You can most likely think whats following. The record has actually been set once again by a never-been-opened copy of Super Mario Bros. for the NES, which was offered on collectibles site Rally for a moustache-watering $2 million– which, for anybody keeping track, is over 10 times the quantity that was world-record-setting in 2020.
Punks, X-Men, Declarations, and some news … A NEW WORLD RECORD on Rally … w/ the $2,000,000 sale of our 1985 Super Mario Bros., marking the HIGHEST PRICE EVER PAID for a computer game of any title.Read more in todays New York Times (cc: @nytimes): https://t.co/mJzEcVMXuQ pic.twitter.com/segsfw6Jw9— Rally (@OnRallyRd) August 6, 2021

This auction was a little different. Instead of one seller, and one buyer, Rally operates a different system, letting investors purchase “shares” of the physical product, who then vote on whether to offer, reaping the revenues as a proportion of their share in it.
Last year, Rally bought the game for $140,000, and the financiers voted versus offering it for $300,000. This year, a confidential $2 million quote was accepted after three-quarters of the financiers voted to sell.
Image: Rally
This kind of quick escalating of rates is a little distressing, however, as they definitely cant climb up forever. Perhaps were just envious because our retro game boxes are less “never-been-opened” and more “chewed up by pet and dropped in bath”. Ah well– a minimum of weve actually played the game.
Rallys other offerings, in case you desire to get in on this physical-part-ownership thing, include a copy of the Declaration of Independence (no, truly) and an Apple I computer signed by creator, Steve Wozniak.
Are you nervous about this video game financial investment bubble, or do you believe its all financial mumbo jumbo anyhow? Let us know in the comments!

Image: RallyHey, remember last month when a sealed copy of Super Mario 64 sold for a record-breaking $1.56 million? The previous record of most pricey video game was set simply days previously, when an ultra-rare copy of The Legend of Zelda on NES reached a (then) record-breaking $870,000 at auction. That copy of Zelda beat out the previous record, which was set in March 2021, when a copy of Super Mario Bros. offered for $660,000, which in turn beat the previous record of $156,000 set by Super Mario Bros. 3 in November, 2020.

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