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‘John Madden Football’ game sells for world record price

A sealed copy of the 1990 Sega Genesis game ‘John Madden Football’ has sold for a record price, proving once again that the training and broadcasting legend may just be the godfather of the games sports video.

At a two-day video game auction last month, the copy of “John Madden Football” sold for $480,000. According to Heritage auctions.

John Madden Balloon – Wata 9.2 A+ Sealed [Cardboard Box]Genesis Electronic Arts 1990 USA, which sold for a record $480,000 at auction in January 2022. (Heritage Auctions)

“This particular copy is particularly extraordinary as it comes from the offices of its famous namesake,” notes the auction house. A portion of the sale will be donated by Heritage Auctions to a charitable foundation established in Madden’s honor.

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Spanning three decades, the John Madden Football video game franchise has generated more than $7 billion in revenue, according to the New York Times. The series began in 1988 and was later renamed simply “Madden”. NFL Network even had a show devoted to video games, “Madden NFL Live.” It became the second best-selling sports video game in history, behind the football-based series FIFA.

For those unfamiliar, a new version of “Madden” comes out every year with a different player on its cover. The most recent, Madden 22, featured quarterbacks Tom Brady and Patrick Mahomes. With each new version, new player ratings came out for the real NFL players, which you can actually play like in the game.

January’s auction brought in almost $5 million and included sales of other notable games.

A copy of 2001’s “Halo: Combat Evolved,” for example, became the first Xbox game to hit six figures, selling for $108,000. One of the final production copies of “Super Mario Bros.” from the 1980s sold for $186,000. Three sealed games in “The Legend of Zelda: Series” exceeded $150,000 each.

A Super Mario Bros game. became the most expensive video game ever sold when it sold for $2 million in August, according to The temperature.

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