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The top 10 most profitable vintage video games and memorabilia, revealed




A sealed copy of ‘Super Mario 64 – Wata 9.8 A++’ is the most expensive vintage game sold recently, with a price tag of $1,560,000, a new study reveals.

The study, conducted by video game platform, analyzed the results of over 32,000 auctions on Heritage Auctions to determine which video game or memorabilia has been sold for the largest amount from 2019 onwards.

First on the list is a sealed copy of ‘Super Mario 64 – Wata 9.8 A++’ produced in 1996 by Nintendo and sold in 2021 for a whopping $1,560,000. The game was awarded to a US buyer after being contended among 16 bidders for three days.

As the game was released for the first time in 1996 and produced exclusively for the platform Nintendo 64, this might be one of the very first copies ever sold at the time.


The game’s synopsis sees Mario travelling to Princess Peach’s castle to receive a gift, only to find the Princess and her servants imprisoned by Bowser, who has taken over the castle. To free the Princess and defeat Bowser, Mario must collect a minimum of 70 stars out of 120 from different worlds where he can travel to through paintings that are scattered around the castle.

A sealed copy of Nintendo’s ‘The Legend of Zelda – Wata 9.0 A’ from 1987 comes in second, sold in 2021 for $870,000. The copy’s specifics include an early production certificate, making this one also one of the first ever copies of the adventure game available. The copy was sold two days prior to ‘Super Mario 64’, first on the list, holding the record for the most expensive vintage video game for 48 hours only.

In third comes a sealed 1985 copy of ‘Super Mario Bros. – Wata 9.6’ which sold in 2022 for $720,000. The game was first released in that same year by Nintendo for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) and since then it has sold 40 million copies on the platform. Thanks to ‘Super Mario Bros.’, the titular character gained huge popularity regardless of this not being the first time he appeared in a game.

Further down on the list, a second sealed copy of ‘The Legend of Zelda’ comes in fourth. This copy of the game is a first production one from 1987 and it was sold in 2021 for $705,000.

Moreover, a second copy of ‘Super Mario Bros.’ from 1985 closes the top five after being sold in 2021, for $660,000.


In the list, there’s also an appearance from a console in ninth place, specifically a prototype of a ‘Nintendo Play Station Super NES’ produced by Sony and Nintendo in 1992 and sold in 2020 for $360,000.

Top 10 most profitable vintage video games and memorabilia
Video game/memorabilia name Date sold Sold for ($)
1 Super Mario 64 – Wata 9.8 A++ Sealed, N64 Nintendo 1996, USA. Jul 11, 2021 1,560,000
2 The Legend of Zelda – Wata 9.0 A Sealed [No Rev-A, Round SOQ, Early Production], NES Nintendo 1987, USA. Jul 9, 2021 870,000
3 Super Mario Bros. – Wata 9.6 A Sealed [Hangtab, 3 Code, Mid-Production], NES Nintendo 1985, USA. Nov 4, 2022 720,000
4 The Legend of Zelda – Wata 8.0 A Sealed [NES TM, No Rev-A, First Production], NES Nintendo 1987, USA. Oct 29, 2021 705,000
5 Super Mario Bros. – Wata 9.6 A+ Sealed [Hangtab, 1 Code, Mid-Production], NES Nintendo 1985, USA. Apr 2, 2021 660,000
6 Super Mario Bros. – Wata 9.4 A Sealed [Hangtab, 2 Code, Mid-Production], NES Nintendo 1985, USA. Oct 29, 2021 492,000
7 John Madden Football – Wata 9.2 A+ Sealed [Cardboard Box], Genesis Electronic Arts 1990, USA. Jan 28, 2022 480,000
8 The Legend of Zelda – Wata 9.6 A+ Sealed [Rev-A, Round SOQ, Mid-Production], NES Nintendo 1987, USA. Aug 5, 2022 384,000
=9 Nintendo Play Station Super NES CD-ROM Prototype – Sony and Nintendo c. 1992. Mar 6, 2020 360,000
=9 Sonic the Hedgehog – Wata 9.8 A+ Sealed [Made in Japan, Early Production], Genesis Sega 1991, USA. Apr 22, 2022 360,000
=9 Super Mario World – Wata 9.4 A+ Sealed [Made in Japan], SNES Nintendo 1991 USA. Jul 9, 2021 360,000
10 Super Mario Bros. 2 – Wata 9.8 A+ Sealed [Rev-A, Round SOQ, First Production], NES Nintendo 1988 USA. Oct 29, 2021 324,000

A spokesperson for commented on the findings: “It is incredible to discover how much your old games might be worth, and even more surprising to know that there’s an entire world out there which values vintage memorabilia such as these as more than simple hobbies.”

“It’s not just about pixels anymore; it’s a glimpse into the history and passion that gaming enthusiasts hold dear.”

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Google searches for ‘Gran Turismo game’ increase more than 250% following recent movie release'




Recent data shows that Google searches for ‘gran turismo game’ increased by 251% following the release of the new Gran Turismo film based on the long-standing video game series.

Onlinecasinos365 analysed Google Trends data over the past three months to find that ‘gran turismo game’ has seen a spike in searches following the worldwide film release of Gran Turismo (2023).

The data reveals that worldwide searches for ‘gran turismo game’ rose by 251% compared to prior to the films release, according to Google Trends. This search term peaked during the first weekend after the film was released on August 25th and has remained consistently higher than former search interest.

Google searches for ‘gran turismo’ also increased by 331% during the same three-month period, which could have resulted from interest in both the film adaptation and original game series.


The 2023 film release follows the real-life story of Jann Mardenborough, who became a professional British racing driver after discovering a talent for playing the Gran Turismo video games. The film currently holds a 7.4/10 rating on IMDb and has grossed more than $93.5 million worldwide at the Box Office since its release, according to Box Office Mojo.

The Gran Turismo series of racing simulation games was first developed by Polyphony Digital in 1997 for the PlayStation console, where it remained a platform exclusive for many years. The franchise’s most recent release, Gran Turismo 7, which came out in March last year, was the first game in the series to be made playable across multiple consoles.

Gran Turismo has become a best-selling video game franchise under the Playstation brand with more than 90 million units sold worldwide, according to the Playstation Blog.

A spokesman for Onlinecasinos365 commented:

“With an increase in new films based on popular video game franchises, Gran Turismo (2023) takes a novel approach by intertwining a real-life success story with the story’s narrative. This allows it to stand out from other adaptations which often unsuccessfully force the game’s source material directly onto the movie plot.


“This is a very exciting time for gamers and film fans alike, as more gaming stories are finally brought to the big screen. It will be interesting to see what the future holds for video game adaptations and whether any of them will be able to match the success of their original title.”

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Opera GX, the Browser for Gamers, Surpasses 25 Million Monthly Active Users'




Opera GX, the browser for gamers, today announced that its number of monthly active users (MAU) has surpassed 25 million across desktop and mobile devices. This milestone highlights Opera GX’s increasing adoption within the gaming community and its integral position within gaming culture.

“We are thrilled to announce this remarkable achievement of 25 million monthly active users, as Opera GX continues to prove its commitment to enhancing the browsing experience for gamers worldwide. With a passion for innovation and dedication to the gaming community, we look forward to sharing what the future holds,” said Krystian Kolondra, Executive Vice President of Browsers and Gaming at Opera.

Since 2019, Opera GX has been dedicated to delivering a distinct browsing experience for gamers. Its aim was to address the challenge posed by resource-intensive browsers during gaming sessions while simultaneously offering a unique aesthetic and enhanced customizability that aligns perfectly with gamers’ preferences. Today, Opera GX is at the forefront of innovative browsers, providing dynamic features like Aria, a free, cutting-edge generative AI service, solidifying it as a staple in the gaming environment.

Seizing the moment, Opera GX has taken advantage of its strong technology and platform capabilities to provide gamers with useful and entertaining tools, uniting a global community of passionate gamers and giving users a new and exciting way to browse the internet.

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Climb the ranks of the Shadowdealers as Nova princess Cadena in MapleStory M’s latest update!'




MapleStory M, Nexon’s free-to-play mobile MMORPG, is thrilled to announce the release of a new character class, Cadena, which comes with a wealth of new events for mobile Maplers to get involved in!

Cadena grew up in Grandis and is the sole surviving member of the Nova royal family after Magnus, a Nova warrior, became a traitor to his race and invaded Heliseum. Cadena was saved by the Royal Guard and raised by the Shadowdealers, a trade organization, where she learned to fight. The princess chose to reinvent herself by taking on the new name of Cadena and cutting off her Nova features. She now seeks to climb the ranks of the Shadowdealers while escaping the trauma of her past. Her fighting tactics have a streetwise edge, and she excels at close combat.

The introduction of Cadena comes with exciting events that will grant players rewards and EXP:

  • Cadena Growth Mission Event: Rewards available for Cadena after reaching a certain level and completing certain missions.
  • Grow with Cadena Event: Rewards and EXP granted for selected character when Cadena levels up.
  • Cadena Login Rewards: Consists of Extra Character Slot Coupon, Auto-battle Charge Ticket, Whetstone, and Pet Box to help users grow their character

MapleStory M’s latest update will also be improving basic quest rewards so that there are improved rewards and equal acquisition amounts across characters, as well as improving Growth Support for All rewards. That’s not everything though, as mobile Maplers can also get involved in some further limited-time events:

  • Full Moon Party: An event where you can acquire event coins by hunting in the field and participating in various mini-games, which you can then use at the event coin shop. It’s the perfect opportunity to receive style items and growth materials for your new character!
  • Mega Burning Plus Event: A selected character may earn an additional 2 levels up to 140 every time the character levels up! All jobs selectable.
  • 5X5 Bingo Event: Participate in a Bingo Board Game and earn rewards according to the bingo count! The Bingo Board Game can be completed by clearing missions.

Return to MapleStory M and celebrate the arrival of Cadena!

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