Those of us that love video game history know the story of the Nintendo PlayStation.
Long before Sony ventured out on their own with the PSX, they wanted to partner up with Nintendo to make a kind-of Sega CD like attachment for the SNES. There were even a few games that were being developed for this add-on, one of which is known to be Square’s Secret of Mana.
Nothing ever came of this partnership, however, as Nintendo shortly announced its partnership with Philips and their terrible CD-i and left Sony in the lurch.
Needless to say, this was the beginning of the PlayStation’s history. Afterward, Sony and Nintendo began a rivalry that had only previously been matched with the Sega vs. Nintendo battles.
One small relic of this strange history just sold for a hot $300,000 at a Heritage Auctions sale on March 6th and that is the “Nintendo PlayStation.”
The price represents the highest ever paid for a piece of video game memorabilia ever, shattering the previous record held by an unopened NES original Super Mario Bros., GameSpot reports.
As for the failed partnership between Sony and Nintendo, GameSpot further reports that some 200 prototypes were constructed. However, we only have the one that recently sold as an example of a possible future that will never be.
This isn’t the first time this prototype has crept up into the headlines, however. One of the biggest boosts in prominence came when YouTuber Ben Heck restored the system to working order. You can click this to watch that over on YouTube.
What do you think about the price paid for the Nintendo PlayStation? Too much or just right? Let us know your thoughts on this story in the comments below. Also, if you have any thoughts on what could have been, let us know those as well.
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