The Legend of Zelda Game Cartage sells $870,000 at Auction: Super Mario Bros held the previous record.
Heritage Auctions stated in a statement Friday that an unopened cartridge of “The Legend of Zelda” for the old Nintendo NES platform has sold for a world-record sum of $870,000.
According to the auction house, the cartridge, which dates from 1987, surpasses the previous world record sale of a video game, which was $660,000 in April for a 1986 “Super Mario Bros” cartridge.
According to Eric Bradley, a representative for the Dallas-based business, the game was the “masterpiece” in an auction of 443 lots that continues until Sunday.
The buyer’s name has not been disclosed by the auction house.
Zelda is one of the most important titles in the history of video games and one of Nintendo’s most well-known series, combining adventure, action, and exploration in a beautiful environment. The Legend of Zelda Game Cartage sells $870,000.
Retro video games have grown in popularity among nostalgic collectors in recent years, driving up auction prices for old-school consoles and cartridges.