Rare copy of Super Mario Bros. sold for over $100,000

New Delhi, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 16 February 2019, 04:27 PM
Rare copy of Super Mario Bros. sold for over $100,000 (file photo)
Rare copy of Super Mario Bros. sold for over $100,000 (file photo)

A copy of one of the most popular games of all time Super Mario Bros. was auctioned for $100,151 at the Heritage Auctions in Texas. After such bid, the Super Mario Bros. became the most expensive ‘graded game’.

As per the Heritage Auctions, the game was thoroughly assured of its originality to check and measure its market value. The game was even featuring a seal rating of A++ and was in seal cartridge pack. Meanwhile, the unopened copy of 1985 Super Mario Bros. was only available in New York and Los Angeles to test launch the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES).

Wata Games president Deniz Kahn told CNet “In terms of rarity, popularity, and relevance to collectors, this game has it all. Mario is the most recognized fictional or nonfictional character in the world, more so than even Mickey Mouse’’.

Few years back, a research was conducted where it was studied why ‘Super Mario’ runs from left to right. An analysis of photos of people and objects in motion revealed a common left-to-right bias.

Researchers said this widespread evidence for such a left-to-right bias could indicate a possible fundamental bias for visual motion, and would explain why all the main characters in the side-scrolling video games popular in the 1980s and 1990s such as Super Mario run from left to right.

They inspected thousands of items in Google Images for the research published in the journal Perception.

“What artistic conventions are used to convey the motion of animate and inanimate items in still images, such as drawings and photographs?” psychologist Dr Peter Walker of Lancaster University said.

First Published: Saturday, February 16, 2019 04:26 PM

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