Super Mario Bros. 2: Video game sells for record amount

Image copyright Warner Bros Image caption Mario, Luigi and Peach appear in the Super Mario Bros. 2 screenshot The auction house behind a sale of a 1992 video game can claim a new record…

Super Mario Bros. 2: Video game sells for record amount

Image copyright Warner Bros Image caption Mario, Luigi and Peach appear in the Super Mario Bros. 2 screenshot

The auction house behind a sale of a 1992 video game can claim a new record for a 15-year-old game – this time in the US.

The game, Super Mario Bros. 2, originally went for just $35 (around £25 at the time).

But some 31 years later, it fetched more than £66,000 at auction, with the winning bidder paying £80,000.

When the game was first released, it was only available through a special red-tinted NES cartridge.

The record for a Super Mario Bros. game won’t soon be overtaken. A version of the game sold at auction in 2000 for $720,000.

Other video games that have fetched huge sums at auction, including the Star Wars Battlefront 2 and its Mk2 blaster pistol, set a new record for a Star Wars character.

The blaster, fired from the bipod of an AT-ST AT-4 walker at an enemy, sold for $622,400 (£503,630).

The battle’s ending celebration was watched on the screen by everyone in the room.

Image copyright Wammys Image caption A copy of the game went for $65,650, plus a collectible cardboard box for $7,750

The Gunner Rebellion was released for Star Wars and Star Trek fans.

The game was created by Paramount Entertainment and distributed by Electronic Arts, one of the world’s top three game publishers of the time.

Electronic Arts was also behind 1991’s phenomenally successful Bejeweled game.

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