Video games have a long history now, but many people may not know just how far back or how deep those roots go. An unopened copy of a classic Super Mario Brothers game sold for $114,000 to a buyer who wished to remain anonymous. The early version of the iconic game was released in 1985 for Nintendo's NES Console and serves as an example of just how big video games have become in the last 40 years.
The $114,000 price tag surpassed Heritage Auctions' previous record sale price for a game, which was a $100,150 sale last year of another unopened copy of the exact same video game.
The value of games to Americans in the 1980s seemed dubious, with many filmmakers at the time decrying them as lower art and not modes of storytelling. However, according to reporting by Den of Geek, even in the 1980s, Steven Spielberg was obsessed with video games. This indicates an enduring love of video games from a master of the cinematic form. (This is no small feat to earn the adoration of a creative genius of his like.) So, while it is surprising that a video game has sold for such a high bid, it may just have been a long time coming.