A prototype of a never-produced video game machine colloquially known as the “Nintendo Play Station” hassold at auction for $360,000, setting a unusual document for the most dear item of video game memorabilia ever publicly sold.
Pop-tradition auction home Heritage Auctions supplied the software, the made from a short-lived collaboration between Nintendo and Sony, as part of a series of auctions of excessive-dollar collectible video games that ended this week. The final bidding took place live at Heritage’s headquarters in Dallas, Texas Friday morning, with phone and internet bidders also able to participate.
A spokesperson for Heritage Auctions said that the winning bidder does now not want to be identified at this time.
Dating back to 1991, the software known as the “Nintendo Play Station” is in fact Sony’s first attempt at creating a piece of game hardware. It was to be known as simply “Play Station,” and was essentially a Tremendous Nintendo Entertainment Blueprint with a CD-ROM power constructed in. It would have expanded the abilities of Nintendo’s 16-bit system to include CD games.
Afalling out between Nintendo and Sonydoomed the software, and strengthened Sony’s resolve to wander it alone in the gaming industry with the 1994 launch of what we know today as the original PlayStation.
This prototype was originally the property of extinct Sony Computer Entertainment America president Olaf Olafsson, and was later purchased at a property auction by a man named Terry Diebold. Diebold saved it in his attic till 2015, when it wasrediscovered by his sonand shared on Reddit. Since then, the Diebolds have traveled the realm with the software, showing it at various classic gaming expos. Terry Diebold toldKotakuin December that he had turned down a $1.2 million offer on the software prior to the auction.
Bidding on the Nintendo PlayStation has been going on since last month. The explainhit $350,000at one point, however had dropped down to $280,000 by Thursday afternoon as bidders apparently dropped out. Palmer Luckey, the founder of VR firm Oculus, had beenparticipating in the bidding, saying on Twitter that he wanted the machine for an as-yet-unspecified video game preservation initiative.
The excessive imprint for the Nintendo PlayStation is part of a fashion of gigantic cash being splashed out for desirable gaming collectibles. Lately, an early printing ofTremendous Mario Bros.in mint, sealed situationsold for over $100,000, and another collectorpaid $1 millionfor a series of a few dozen rare games.
Other games that sold this morning in the Heritage Auction include factory sealed copies of the NES gamesStadium Events($66,000),Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!!($45,600), and a later printing ofTremendous Mario Bros.($20,400).
Update: 2: 26 p.m.:Added information about the winner of the auction.