Rare copy of ‘Super Mario 64’ video game sells at auction for $1.56 million

What a score: a rare copy of the Nintendo 64 video game "Super Mario 64" went for $1.56 million at auction.

According to Heritage Auctions, the auctioned copy of the video game from 1996 was the highest-graded ever by Wata. This organization evaluates collectable video games, according to Heritage Auctions, which held the sale. When appraised or sold, officially rated collectables are usually more valuable.

Nintendo’s iconic character made his first appearance in a 3D video game in “Super Mario 64.” The majority of Mario’s previous appearances were two-dimensional, side-scrolling games, such as the Nintendo Entertainment System’s original Super Mario Bros.

In a statement, Heritage Auctions Video Games Specialist Valarie McLeckie said, “It is impossible to overestimate the significance of this title, not only to the history of Mario and Nintendo but to video games as a whole.”

Mario isn’t the only one who makes a killing at auctions. According to Heritage, a unique 1987 version of the NES videogame “The Legend of Zelda” sold for $870,000 last Friday.