The auction house told the New York Times that the game was purchased in 1986 as a Christmas present, but was left intact in a drawer for 35 years. It was produced in late 1986 during a brief period when the games were sealed with plastic film instead of an adhesive seal.
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“It has been at the bottom of my desk all the time, since the day I bought it,” said the seller, who asked not to be identified, Heritage Auctions. “I never thought about that.”
In a statement, the auction house Heritage Auctions said the price was a record for a video game. Another copy of the same game had been sold in July last year for $ 114,000 (R $ 638,000).
Valarie McLeckie, who oversees video game sales at Heritage Auction, said that finding another copy of this same production in similar conditions would be the same as looking for a single drop of water in an ocean. “Never say never, but there is a good chance that it cannot be done,” he said.
Heritage Auctions said this is the “best known copy” of the game, even with the perforated cardboard flap intact. The opening bid in the auction was $ 310,000 (R $ 1.7 million).
Nintendo’s symbol, Mario has always been known as a plumber. However, in the character’s presentation on the brand’s official website, it appears that Mario abdicated his most well-known craft.
“All sports, whether in tennis or baseball, football or car racing, Mario does everything in a legal way. He even worked as a plumber for a long time. ”
In the Donkey Kong monkey games (one of Nintendo’s first), creator Shigeru Miyamoto described Mario as a carpenter. Only when his game was released in 1983 did the character take on the role of plumber.
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