The game went over the counter Heritage Auctions, where collectibles are sold more often. Earlier this year, it set previous world records there, when Super Mario Bros. 1 yielded no less than 114,000.
A printing error on the new record holder shows that it was an early printing. The word ‘bros.’ was printed on Mario’s hand, which was later modified to make it legible.
An independent party has investigated the game and attached a so-called Wata score to it. This determines how good the quality of the collector’s item is. He got a score of 9.2, which partly led to the high score. It has also never been unpacked before.
A small increase in that score can already have a major influence on the price: the same game with a value of 9.0 yielded a tone less.