A sealed copy of Super Mario Bros for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) has sold for an eye-watering £90,300.
The sale of this original cartridge has set a new record, making it the most expensive video game sold at public auction ever.
Previously, this record was held by the sale of a sealed copy of Mega Man from 1987, which went for a whopping £59,493 in 2019.
Super Mario Bros was listed on Heritage Auctions and according to the description, the game has been sealed and unplayed for 35 years.
According to the Heritage Auctions' website, “collectors coveted the copy because it has been sealed since 1985 and retained its original hangtab”.
Cardboard hangtabs were originally used on the US test market copies of black box games, back before plastic was used to seal each game.
As Nintendo began to further establish its company in the States, its packaging was updated almost continuously which ultimately lead to the scrapping of the hangtab. To this end, hangtabs are seen as vintage and are highly sought after by collectors.
Super Mario Bros was a launch title for the NES and it marked the very first appearance of antagonist Bowser. It is also one of the highest-selling games on the console.
During our collective time in lockdown, people have been looking at selling retro games and console for a tidy sum.
Earlier in the year, we explored how much you could earn by selling an old Gameboy console and games if you happen to have them lying around.
Obviously, unless you're a collector or incredibly attached to your old consoles we don't need to tell you the importance of the retro handheld.
If, however, you don't mind parting with one, there might be a way for you to make some money if you happen to have an old Gameboy lying around.
Nintendo's original Gameboy handheld console, which was released in 1989 in Japan, before arriving in Europe in 1990, is a veritable relic of early gaming.
Considering the Gameboy was first released at the low, low price of roughly £74, there are some being sold online for £320.
If you have any retro consoles or games doing nothing but collecting dust, then it might be worth looking in to.