Rare Nintendo PlayStation controller up for auction

By Jurassic JennJul 11, 2024 07:44 AMTech
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Nintendo PlayStation prototype. Source: https://www.ign.com/

In an exciting opportunity for gaming enthusiasts, Heritage Auctions will hold an auction in August featuring a rare piece of hardware stemming from the failed collaboration between Nintendo and Sony. The highly sought-after artifact, a prototype controller, presents a unique chance to own a notable remnant of gaming history. This is prepared by SSP.

The Nintendo PlayStation represented Sony's initial foray into the gaming market. This particular variant served as an upgraded version of the Super Nintendo console, incorporating a CD-ROM drive that allowed games to utilize Sony's proprietary Super Disc format, enabling richer multimedia content.

Notably, the partnership between Nintendo and Sony eventually crumbled when Nintendo announced an alliance with Philips in 1991. Initially thought to be destroyed, the 200 Nintendo PlayStation prototypes seemed to have vanished. However, in 2015, one of these elusive prototypes unexpectedly resurfaced and was eventually sold at auction to the founder of Pets.com and Toys.com.

Now, Heritage Auctions is set to unveil another treasure from this era, yet the origin of this specific Nintendo PlayStation controller remains shrouded in mystery. Described as a Super Nintendo controller featuring 'Sony PlayStation' branding in dark gray, this prototype has managed to preserve its original form remarkably well, despite a few minor imperfections on the back. Given the scarcity of compatible consoles, Heritage Auctions cannot ascertain its functionality, thus making the controller an as-is purchase without return options for the winning bidder.

With its rarity and historical significance, it is difficult to predict the final bid for this artifact. However, recent gaming collectible sales have stunned the market. A sealed copy of Super Mario Bros. sold for $114,000 in 2020, followed by another copy that fetched an astonishing $660,000 soon after. The staggering peak came in 2021 when an exclusive Super Mario Bros. edition fetched a mind-boggling $2 million. Although this Nintendo PlayStation controller may not reach those astronomical figures, its scarcity ensures considerable interest and demand in the auction.

Prospective buyers eagerly anticipating the chance to claim this extraordinary piece of gaming history can participate in the bidding process, set to commence on August 2nd and conclude on August 24th. Ultimately, the determined value of this probably non-functional yet highly collectible controller rests in the hands of the fortunate winning bidder. Don't miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!

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