- Vintage video game grading company Wata Games gave the 1996 copy a near-perfect grading of 9.8 A++.
- The auction house declined to disclose who the consignor and the winning bidder were.
- The sale broke the record set two days prior by a copy of an “early limited production run” 1987 “The Legend of Zelda” for the NES, which sold for $870,000.
- Heritage Auctions Video Games Specialist Valarie McLeckie admitted that the sale was a shock as they thought exceeding the $1 million mark for a single video game “would need to wait for another auction.”
- A Heritage Auctions representative told Kotaku that the winning bidder was vetted before they were allowed to bid, noting that the person was a collector “who is not related to the auction house.”
- “Although the winning bidder does not wish to be identified at this time, this may change in the coming days or weeks,” they further noted.
- As a launch title for the Nintendo 64 in 1996, it became one of the console’s killer apps, helping it sell millions of copies worldwide.
- In 2011, the Smithsonian American Art Museum selected “Super Mario 64” as one of 80 games it displayed as part of its “The Art of Video Games” exhibit.
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