Most expensive video game ever: Rare copy of 'Super Mario 3' sold at auction

A previous copy sold for $38,000 in July

There's only one word for this: Wa-hoo.

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A sealed copy of Nintendo's "Super Mario Bros. 3" has become the most expensive video game ever sold, going for a whopping $156,000 at auction on Friday.

The sale, handled by Dallas-based Heritage Auctions, broke the previous record of the original "Super Mario Bros.," which sold for $114,000 earlier this year.

(Credit: Heritage Auctions, HA.com)

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"We couldn't be more pleased about breaking the world record for the second time in the same year," said Valarie McLeckie, Heritage Auctions' Director of Video Games, in a statement. "That said, it's no surprise that another Mario game, which so many of us grew up with, would set the new bar."

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The copy of the famous Nintendo game, which has a grade of Wata 9.2 A+, saw an initial bid of $62,000, but 20 different bidders started raising the price on the one-of-a-kind game.

"While the condition of the game is remarkable, what makes this copy even more singular is the layout of the packaging itself: Exceedingly rare are sealed copies with the word 'Bros.' formatted to the left, covering one of Mario's signature white gloves," the statement added. "Collectors have spent years looking for such a version — the earliest in the Super Mario Bros. 3 production history – and usually come up empty-handed."

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Heritage sold another version of Super Mario Bros. 3, graded Wata 9.0 A, for $38,400 in July.

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