World’s rarest console, the Nintendo PlayStation, is up for sale
The only known prototype of the SNES CD-ROM is up for auction, with talk of it breaking records for the most paid for a video game antique.
Back in the late 80s Sony was working with Nintendo on a CD-ROM add-on for the SNES console but when Nintendo realised, at the very last moment, that the small print of the deal would give Sony too much control they backed out of the deal.
That led, of course, to the creation of the Sony PlayStation but around 200 prototypes of the Nintendo PlayStation were made and now the only one in private hands is going up for auction.
Nobody has any idea what it will go for but it’s potentially worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, especially if there’s a bidding war between collectors or museums.
Back when owner Terry Diebold first revealed he’d found the console in a box of ‘junk’ there were questions as to whether it was a fake or not, but it now seems to have been accepted as real.
After owning the console for several years Diebold is now looking to sell the hardware to the highest bidder. No price has been mentioned but it could end up being one of the most expensive video game purchases of all time.
Usually hardware isn’t rare enough to break any records and the most expensive items tend to be rare 8-bit games, such as obscure NES title Stadium Events, which was once listed on eBay for $100,099.99 (£89,000).
It’s not always an obscure game that sells that much though. Only a few years ago someone paid £23,000 for a mint copy of a first edition Super Mario Bros., one of the most successful and widely produced video games of all time.
Even with those price comparisons it’s still impossible to guess what the Nintendo PlayStation could go for but if it doesn’t involve a Guinness World Record we’d be very surprised.
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