This rare Nintendo game was found in a Louisville-area closet, and it was worth thousands
A classic Nintendo game found in Southern Indiana sold in late October for some serious coin.
The Super Mario Bros. 2 cartridge in “near-mint condition” went for $88,550 in an estate sale on Oct. 21, according to auction and real estate company Harritt Group, after being found earlier this year in the back of a walk-in closet in Floyds Knobs, Indiana, which is roughly 10 miles from Louisville.
Several other games for the classic Nintendo Entertainment System were found in the closet that belonged to Patricia Ann Martin, according to Harritt Group. But the rare unopened Super Mario 2 cartridge’s condition was rated as an A+ by video game grading service Wata Games, helping to bolster its value among collectors.
The price tag is huge, but it isn’t close to the most expensive video game ever sold at an auction. Earlier this year, according to CNN, a copy of the Nintendo 64 classic Super Mario 64 went for $1.56 million in a video game sale believed to be the first to cross the $1 million line.
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The money collected from the recent Super Mario Bros. 2 auction will be split up among Martin’s family members, according to Fox59, after being sold to an individual in Florida.
Critically acclaimed at the time of its release in 1988, Super Mario Bros. 2 has earned classic status among video game aficionados in recent decades. In the groundbreaking 2D game, players navigate through 20 levels in the world Subcon to defeat antagonist Wart. It’s been rereleased in recent years on other platforms like the Super Nintendo Entertainment System and the GameBoy Advance — don’t expect your copy to sell for $88,000, though.
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