Let it not be said that Nintendo is unable to make people talk about itself for the proceeds it can get from its titles, after absurd figure with which one copy of Super Mario 64 has upset every record. Since this is an online sale of a title from several years ago, ours is rhetoric: the Big N got nothing.
For the direct earnings of the Kyoto giant, in fact, we prefer to refer you toweekly hegemony di Mario and associates on the physical market in the United Kingdom. We allude to the recent triumph of Mario Golf: Super Rush in British territory, not to that of the Azzurri at Wembley stadium (we couldn’t resist).
Let’s go back to us and the copy of Super Mario 64, really sold for an absurd figure capable of raising the bar (for the auction) to truly record levels. We talk about a seven-digit number, so hold on tight: the context makes everything more understandable, but the numbers have nevertheless been able to surprise us.
In fact, there is talk of a copy yet sealed of a 1996 title, which as such found itself at the center of a mad climb to the highest bid. The winner managed to grab the coveted trophy for no less than one million five hundred and sixty thousand dollars, triggering the most disparate reactions on the web.
Well, I figured the first million dollar game was imminent, but I didn’t think it was gonna be today… or this. pic.twitter.com/jKWRY8sNSq
– Chris Kohler (@kobunheat) July 11, 2021
Chris Kohler (Wired; author of Power-Up: How Japanese video games gave the world an extra life) commented on it with the tweet above, defining the legendary platformer as the now inevitable “million dollar video game” while Kotaku he expressed dismay at the amount spent.
The starting price for the copy of Super Mario 64 it was an already remarkable hundreds of thousands dollars. Similarly, recently a new copy of the very first The Legend of Zelda for NES it has reached almost nine hundred thousand dollars: to be precise, we are talking about 870,000 bucks, far more than required by the themed Game & Watch.
One thing is certain: records of this type manage to make the amount required for collection cheaper Super Mario 3D All-Stars that we have reviewed, now available almost exclusively in physical format and relatively little subject (for the moment) to touting.