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Press Release - April 18, 2019

Rare CIB ‘Left Bros.’ Super Mario Bros. 3 Video Game Clears $5K in Heritage Auctions’ Sunday Internet Comics, Animation & Art Auction

Early version of iconic title in high demand among collectors

Super Mario Brothers 3 highest graded example sells for $5,000 video game
DALLAS, Texas (April 18, 2019) — A rare version of one of the most popular video games ever made sparked a flurry of competitive bidding before selling for $5,040 in Heritage Auctions' Sunday Internet Comics, Animation & Art Auction, which closed April 14 on

Super Mario Bros. 3 (NES, Nintendo, 1990) Wata 9.4 CIB (Complete-in-Box). Box 9.2, Cartridge 9.4, Manual 9.6, Variant: Left Bros. drew bids 16 bids before reaching its final sale price.

Part of what made the game particularly appealing to collectors is the fact that it is a "Left Bros." variant, which signifies that it is from one of the earliest print runs of the game. There are many copies of the "Right Bros." variant that remain sealed, but fewer than five sealed copies of the "Left Bros." variant known to remain in collectors' possession, making a Mint-condition CIB the most desirable option after an almost unattainable sealed copy.

"This is the highest-graded complete-in-box copy of Super Mario Bros. 3 that Wata has certified so far," Heritage Auctions Consignment Director Valarie McLeckie said. "The word 'Bros.' was moved to the right on future editions, just above Mario's hat, to improve the aesthetic of the illustration. This 'Left Bros.' variant is more elusive than the later 'Right Bros.' version, and therefore in much higher demand among collectors."

Super Mario Bros. 3 is the third-most popular NES game, with more than 17 million copies sold worldwide. Wata-graded games now are offered regularly in Heritage Auctions' weekly comics auctions; the next Sunday Internet Comics, Animation & Art Auction closes Sunday, April 21 on

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