Written by Rob Picheta, CNN
“Super Mario 64” was released in 1996 and immediately became one of the most loved and best-selling games in the Nintendo franchise.
The first “Super Mario” edition to feature 3D gameplay, its success was a boost to the Nintendo 64 console and laid the groundwork for a number of subsequent 3D video games.
The game was immaculately sealed. Credit: Heritage Auctions
“After the record-breaking sale of the first game in the Zelda series on Friday, the possibility of surpassing $1 million on a single video game seemed like a goal that would need to wait for another auction,” Heritage Auctions video games specialist Valarie McLeckie said in a statement.
“We were shocked to see that it turned out to be in the same one! We are proud to have been a part of this historic event,” she added.
The game that was sold was immaculately sealed, achieving the highest possible A++ grade from video game grading company WataGames.
Before the two record-breaking sales, the highest price ever paid for a game at auction was believed to be $660,000, paid in April for a sealed copy of “Super Mario Bros.”